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    MCA 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees

    The Montana Coaches Association is proud to announce the induction of six new Hall of Fame Members in 2018. Congratulations to these 6 long-serving, outstanding coaches! Craig Finberg Posthumously – Dillon Larry Lucero Retired – Great Falls Pat Lynch Manhattan Bob Owen Polson Linda Paull Helena Daniel Weber Retired – Missoula Loyo...
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    Shirley Chesterfield-Stanton to be inducted

    Montana Coaches Association is pleased to announce that long-time Helena Capital coach, Shirley Chesterfield-Stanton will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) HALL OF FAME at their annual convention’s Hall of Fame Luncheon, to be held at noon June 26, 2018, in Sioux Falls, SD.  Friends and family are invit...
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    2018 Winter COY Announcement

    MCA is pleased to announce that the following coaches were selected, by a vote of member coaches, as “Coach of the Year” for their respective 2018 winter sport. They will be honored at the 2018 MCA Awards Ceremony, at 11:30 on Aug. 2nd at CMR HS in Great Falls.   Boys’ Basketball AA John Cislo...
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    14 Montana Coaches and 1 AD selected as Finalists for National Coach and AD of the Year

      The Montana Coaches Association is pleased to announce that the following 14 Montana Coaches and one Athletic Director have been selected as “Finalists” for National Coach or AD of the Year, by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA): Dennis Murphy Athletic Director   Havre High School   Bob Raeth Asst COTY, ...
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    Great new member benefits just announced!

    Dear MCA member, Your newest MCA member benefit, digital access to Coach & AD magazine, should start arriving in your inbox soon.   “Coach and Athletic Director” is published eight times annually, delivering the highest quality editorial for more than 30,000 coaches and athletic directors. We hope you enjoy this newest member benefi...
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    Fall 2017 Coach of the Year

    Montana Coaches Association Media Release MCA is pleased to announce that the following coaches were selected, by a vote of member coaches, as “Coach of the Year” for their respective 2017 fall sport. They will be honored at the 2017 MCA Awards Ceremony, at 11:30 on August 2nd at Great Falls High.     Football...
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    Fall 2017 Newsletter

    Coaches, Attached is the Fall 2017-18 newsletter. A few highlights: COY Status and Membership Details 2017 Clinic Reflections Scholarship Update Click here to Download...
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    MCA members win National Awards

    Montana Coaches Association MEDIA RELEASE Don Olsen, MCA Executive Director is pleased to announce the following: National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) “Athletic Director OF THE YEAR” Gary DeGooyer, Great Falls Athletic Director, was selected as the National Athletic Director of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coa...
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    2016-17 Assistant Coach of the Year

    June 16, 2017 Montana Coaches Association Media Release Submitted by: Don Olsen, Executive Director MCA is pleased to announce that the following Montana assistant coaches have been selected as “Assistant Coach of the Year” for their respective classification. They will be honored at the MCA Awards banquet, in conjunction with the MCA All-Sport Coa...
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    2017 MCA Scholarship Winners Announced

    Montana Coaches Association is pleased to announce that the following 2017 High School graduates are recipients of the following scholarships to be awarded by MCA at their MCA Awards Program in the Great Falls High Auditorium at 11:30 on August 3rd , in conjunction with the MCA All-Sport Coaches Clinic (Aug 2-4). MCA is proud...
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    Spring 2017 Coach of the Year

    June 7, 2017 Montana Coaches Association Media Release Submitted by: Don Olsen, Executive Director MCA is pleased to announce that the following Coaches were voted by their fellow MCA members, as “Coach of the Year” for their respective spring sport. They will be honored at the MCA Awards Program, in conjunction with the MCA All-Sport...
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    2017-18 Membership Information

    2016-17 MCA members: Thank you for your support! Our 2017-18 membership year begins June 1st. We hope that you will continue to support this outstanding organization. We encourage you to sign-up online at www.montanacoaches.com. It saves us significant time and prevents errors in your information. Dues are $35 which is a great bargain when you...
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    2017 Inductees to MCA Hall of Fame

    The Montana Coaches Association is proud to announce that 11 Montana coaches will be inducted into the MCA Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be a part of the 11:30  MCA Awards Ceremony (in conjunction with the MCA Coaches Clinic), on Thursday, August 3, 2017, in the GFHS Auditorium. Family and friends are invited....
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    Winter 2017 Coach of the Year

    April 3, 2017 Montana Coaches Association Media Release Submitted by: Don Olsen, Executive Director     MCA is pleased to announce that the following Coaches were voted by their fellow MCA members, as “Coach of the Year” for their respective winter sport.  They will be honored at the MCA Awards banquet, in conjunction with the MCA All-Sport...
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    MCA Winter Newsletter

    Coaches, Attached is the Winter 2016-17 newsletter. A few highlights: Online voting for Winter Coach of the Year voting is now open Joe Glenn featured at this summer’s 50th MCA Clinic August 2, 3, and 4. 9 Scholarships offered in 2017 Click here to Download...
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    Bill Epperly to be inducted into NHSACA Hall of Fame

    Montana Coaches Association MEDIA RELEASE   Montana Coaches Association is pleased to announce that long-time Montana coach, Bill Epperly – Flathead High School, will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) HALL OF FAME at their annual convention’s Hall of Fame Banquet, to be held at noon, June 20, 2017 in...
  • in Coach of the Year, News from Executive Director, Press Release

    11 Montana Coaches and 1 AD are finalists for National Coach of the Year

    January 22, 2017 Montana Coaches Association MEDIA RELEASE The Montana Coaches Association is pleased to announce that 11 Montana coaches and one Athletic Director have been selected as “Finalists” for National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) National Coach of the Year. Assistant COTY, Boys’  –    Dick McMahon, Helena Capita...
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    Fall 2016 Coach of the Year

    December 12, 2016 Montana Coaches Association Media Release Submitted by: Don Olsen, Executive Director     MCA is pleased to announce that the following coaches were selected by a vote of member coaches as “Coach of the Year” for their respective 2016 fall sport. They will be honored at the 2016 MCA Awards Banquet, at 11:30 on August...
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    Fall 2016 Newsletter

    Coaches, Attached is the Fall 2016 newsletter. A few highlights: New All State – All Conference – Academic All-state Certificate information MCA is hiring – please consider helping our organization MSU Hall of Fame Display update 50th MCA Clinic coming up in August 2017 Click here to download...
  • in Coach of the Year, Press Release

    NHSACA COACHES OF THE YEAR:

    Jeff Strickland, Three Forks Golf Coach, was selected as the 2016 National Golf Coach of the Year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) on Wednesday, June 22nd  at their National Convention in Louisville, KY.  Jeff was Montana’s Golf finalist for 2015 and joined 13 other finalists in various sports.  (Jeff’s bio attached...

The Montana Coaches Association is proud to announce the induction of six new Hall of Fame

Members in 2018. Congratulations to these 6 long-serving, outstanding coaches!

Craig Finberg Posthumously – Dillon
Larry Lucero Retired – Great Falls
Pat Lynch Manhattan
Bob Owen Polson
Linda Paull Helena
Daniel Weber Retired – Missoula Loyola

 

Craig Finberg (posthumous)

The name Craig Finberg is legendary in the Montana Hoop World.  A Columbia Falls native, ‘Finny’ went on to become one of the best shooting guards in MSU history.  Craig’s success didn’t stop there.  After a couple of short stints in the professional ranks, Finny returned to his home state.

Craig was the head boys’ basketball coach at Beaverhead County High for 19 years and the head girls’ hoops coach for one season.  He also served as the Beavers’ football assistant for 17 years.  During his 19 years as head mentor, his teams made an incredible 12 state appearances, bring home two state championships and 6 state trophies.

He was a two-time MCA COY, a 6-time nominee and he spoke at the MCA Clinic.  In addition to his high school coaching, Coach Finberg also spent time on the UM Western Bulldog bench, assisting Casey Keltz and later Steve Keller.  Finny lost his battle with cancer in 2009.

 

Larry Lucero

Larry Lucero is a veteran of 41 years on the hardwood sidelines, with all but 2 of those years in the Great Falls.  Lucero’s teams won 3 state Championships; 2 by the Bison boys and one by the Rustler girls.  His Bison boys also brought home one second-place trophy and two fourth place finishes.  In addition, he assisted 3 other Bison teams in bringing home state trophies.  He led the Choteau Bulldog BBB to a Class B 5th place finish.

Larry is a 3-time MCA COY and a 7-time nominee. He was nominated for Regional COY in 1998.  He has spoken for the MCA Clinic and the Idaho Coaches Association Clinic.  Coach Lucero organized the first boys’ basketball camp in Great Falls, in 1968.

 

Pat Lynch

Pat has been an MCA member for 37 of his 43 years as coach and AD.  His career includes 5 years at Beaverhead County, 1 year at Browning and 37 years at Manhattan High School.  His remarkable career as coach in basketball, track and field and head golf includes, 10 district championships, 11 divisional championships and 7 state trophies.

Coach Lynch was MCA COY in golf and was nominated 6 times for that honor.  His success as an AD is no less impressive.  Pat was named Class B “AD of the Year” in 2012 and All Class “AD of the Year” in 2015.  He was also a NHSACA AD of the Year finalist in 2013 and 2016.  In 2017, he was a nominee for NHSACA Golf COY.  Lynch has served on the MHSA Board of Directors, including one year as president and was the 2017 recipient of the MHSA Service Citation Award.  Pat has been a presenter at the MCA Clinic, the Section 8 National Federation and at the NHSACA Convention.

 

Bob Owen

In Montana sports, the name Owen is as closely linked to wrestling as Petrino is to football.  Bob Owen began his remarkable career 44 years ago at Billings Central.  After a 1-year stint, he stepped into the head wrestling position at Polson (1975) and 43 years later he’s still there.  With over 400 career wins on the mat, Coach Owen leads the state in wrestling wins.  Under Owen’s watch, the Pirates have garnered 17 divisional trophies including 8 championships and 8 State trophies two of which were state titles.

Bob is a 2-time MCA Coach of the Year and was a NHSACA Wrestling Finalist in 2011.  For 7 years, Owen coached the Montana HS USAW National Team.  He has served on the MHSA Sports Committee since 1990 and is the current chairman.

 

Linda Paull

Linda Paull has been involved in the Helena sports arena for 38 years, coaching gymnastics, track & field and cross country.  Her gymnastics teams garnered 5 divisional and 5 state trophies including one state championship, 2 seconds and 3 thirds.  As head track coach, her Helena Lady Bengals won a state title.  As an assistant coach, she has worked with teams bringing home 4 state and 10 divisional trophies.

Coach Paull was an MCA COY and a 4-time nominee.  She was nominated for Regional COY in Gymnastics.  She is a 34-year member of the MCA and has served as AA Director and is currently the MCA President Elect.

 

Daniel Weber

Loyola Sacred Heart High has been fortunate to have Daniel Weber on their roster for 38 years, 27 of them as head mentor in various sports.  In softball, Dan led the “Heart Breakers” to an amazing, 15 state tourney appearances in 16 years, garnering four 2nd place and two 3rd place trophies plus a state championship.  He also led the Rams to two state championships and one 3rd place finish on the gridiron in 7 years.  Weber also assisted their very successful football program for 30 years.  Coach Weber was a 4-time MCA COY nominee, a 2-time MCA COY recipient, a 3-time Class B All Star Coach and coached the Shrine Football Game.

 

 

 

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