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  • in Encouragement, News from Executive Director

    Grateful Parents Recognize Competent, Caring, Cool-headed Broadwater Coaches

    MCA recently received the following letter from Townsend parents, Dan and Laura McDaid. It is our pleasure to share their letter and say thank you to Broadwater coaches and to all coaches who respond quickly and competently in difficult situations. Coach Watson, Coach Flynn and Coach Bartlett, well done! “We would like your consideration in...
  • in Encouragement

    February Encouragement by Kim Sorkness-DeCock, MCA President Elect

    WOW!  2021 is finally here.  What a year we have all had.  The most wonderful thing is we get to have sports.  Limited, YES, but on the courts in uniform.  Looking back and thinking about sports when I was growing up, makes me think of what sports really meant to me.  Besides the fact that...
  • in Coach of the Year, Press Release

    MCA Coach of the Year – Fall 2020

    December 11, 2020 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 2020 fall sport. They will be honored at the 2021 MCA Awards Ceremony, at 11:30 on July 29 at CMR High in Great...
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    Fall MCA Newsletter

    Coaches, Attached is the Fall 2020 newsletter. Feel free to download it to read it digitally or print out on your own. A few highlights: Thanks to our coaches for their hard work and renewed dedication during COVID-19. 67 schools pay for the MCA dues for their coaches Winter COY ballot and newsletter will be...
  • in Education, Encouragement

    January Encouragement from Jeff Graham, MCA Class C Director

    “Control the Controllables.” This is one of many quotes displayed on my door. It is placed next to “Success Breeds Success” and a quote Dustin Gordon has been saying to me since high school, “Get it Done.” As I was looking for a quote that would be relevant to coaches in 2020, I thought this...
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    November Encouragement from Brian Campbell, MCA Awards Chairman

    Recently, I watched my favorite team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, capture the 2020 World Series championship.  Even though there were many tense moments this postseason and many heartbreaks in recent years it was a tremendous joy to see them finally reach their ultimate goal. As I thought about the Dodgers and tried to reflect on...
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    October Encouragement from Executive Director, Don Olsen

    As the fall sport season winds down, and winter sports are just around the corner, I hope this finds you well and either excited about the post season or gearing up, enthusiastically, for the next season. I commend all of you for navigating your teams through these trying times.  Delays, cancellations, quarantines, and  rule changes...
  • in Education, Encouragement, MCA Multisports Clinic

    SEPTEMBER ENCOURAGEMENT for COACHES from MCA President Dennis Murphy and Dr. Michael Matury

    Though September is almost over, we do hope to bring you some encouragement each month.  Below is a link to a presentation by Dr. Michael Matury, an MCA Clinic presenter of many years. We thank him for taking the time to record his presentation.  We hope you will find a few minutes to enjoy and...
  • in Education, News from Executive Director

    Jason Foundation presents:

    #IWONTBESILENT – RAISING THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION ON YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION The Jason Foundation was scheduled to be one of our main presenters at the MCA Clinic this summer.  They have provided an informative presentation on suicide statistics in Montana with tools to identify and address this epidemic.  I believe this 40-minute video might be ...
  • in MCA Newsletter, News from Executive Director

    August Encouragement from Linda Paull, MCA Past President

    A message from your MCA Past President, Linda Paull... Here is hoping that everyone is staying healthy and has had a good summer getting re-energized and ready mentally and emotionally to take on the fall of 2020.  As we continue to deal with the loss of 2020 spring sports and the uncertainty of fall sports,...
  • in MCA Multisports Clinic, News from Executive Director, Press Release

    MCA Clinic is a Go!

    2019-20 MCA Members, We are moving forward with plans for the 2020 MCA Coaches Clinic.  The Clinic Pre-registration will open online on July 1st.  We thank you for your patience as we have walked through this process. ·         If you are already an 2020-21 member and want to register...
  • in MCA Multisports Clinic, Press Release

    2020 Scholarship Recipients Announced

    Montana Coaches Association is pleased to announce that the following 2020 high school graduates are recipients of MCA scholarships. We hope to be able to award them at the MCA Awards Ceremony in the Great Falls C. M. Russell High School Auditorium at 11:30 on July 30th, in conjunction with the MCA All-Sport Coaches Clinic...
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    Jeff Graham elected new MCA Class C Director

    The MCA elected Jeff Graham, of Belt, as their new Class C Director. Marietta Boyce – Winifred, Jeff Schultz – Alberton and Kellan Hall – Heart Butte were also nominees. MCA is grateful to all 4 of these fine coaches who stepped up to run for director. Kim Sorkness-DeCock has served as the Class C...
  • in Hall of Fame, Press Release

    2020 MCA Hall of Fame Inductees

    The Montana Coaches Association (MCA) is pleased to announce that 9 Montana coaches will be inducted into the MCA Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be a part of the 2020 MCA Awards Ceremony (in conjunction with the MCA Coaches Clinic), on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 11:30 am in Great Falls at the...
  • in Coach of the Year, Press Release

    Winter Sport “Coach of the Year” 2019-20

    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 2019-20 winter sport. They will be honored at the 2020 MCA Awards Ceremony, at 11:30 on July 30 at CMR High in Great Falls WrestlingAA Luis Carranza – Great Falls...
  • in Coach of the Year, Press Release

    Finalists for National Coach / AD of the Year announced.

    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 of the Year or AD of the Year, by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA): James Epperly Asst COY Boys’ Bigfork Jim Kola Asst COY Girls’ Glacie...
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    Mark Yoakam to be inducted into NHSACA Hall of Fame

    Montana Coaches Association is pleased to announce that long-time Corvallis coach, Mark Yoakam will be inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) HALL OF FAME at their annual convention’s Hall of Fame Ceremony, to be held on July 22, 2020 in Lincoln, NE  Friends, and family are invited to attend: https://www.hscoac...
  • in Coach of the Year

    Fall 2019 Coach of the Year awards announced

    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 2019 fall sport. They will be honored at the 2020 MCA Awards Ceremony, at 11:30 on July 30 at CMR High in Great Falls. FootballAA Levi Wesche BozemanA Jeff Regan...
  • in MCA Newsletter

    Fall 2019 Newsletter

    Coaches, Attached is the Fall 2019 newsletter. Please note that hard copies will no longer be mailed out. A few highlights: Survey request MCA Hall of Fame now digital 2019 MCA Clinic Reflections Click here to download...
  • in MCA Multisports Clinic, News from Executive Director, Press Release

    2019 MCA Awards Program

    MCA Annual Awards Ceremony is part of the MCA Clinic on Thursday, August 1st at 11:30 am.  All in attendance are welcome to join us for lunch directly afterward. Notable, among many awards, are our 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees, Terry Bakken – Shields Valley (awarded posthumously), Paul Edwards – Columbus and Bob Howard – Great...




MCA recently received the following letter from Townsend parents, Dan and Laura McDaid. It is our pleasure to share their letter and say thank you to Broadwater coaches and to all coaches who respond quickly and competently in difficult situations. Coach Watson, Coach Flynn and Coach Bartlett, well done!

“We would like your consideration in recognizing Broadwater High School Basketball Coaches Clint Watson, Kirk Flynn & Jeremy Bartlett.  Below you will find our story and why we think they should be honored:

On January 13th, 2021, our son Seth McDaid collapsed at basketball practice.  His teammates recognizing a problem and yelled for the coaches help.  The coaches came to Seth’s aid and realized he was not breathing.  Coach Watson and Coach Flynn began CPR while Coach Bartlett ran to get an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  During this time, a 911 call was placed and Broadwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Rauser (who was near the school) overheard the call and responded. He and Coach Bartlett placed the AED leads on Seth, waited the required evaluation time (which must have seemed like forever), at which point the AED administered shock therapy to our son. Seth was subsequently transported to the Broadwater Health Center ER by the arriving EMS personnel.

Coach Bartlett called to inform us there had been an incident during basketball practice. He advised us where Seth was being taken and to get there immediately. My wife Lora, son Brock, and I immediately drove to Townsend. As you can imagine the initial phone call from Coach Bartlett and 25-minute drive to Townsend was overwhelming. We had feelings of helplessness, uncertainty, and just wanted to be with Seth. The thought our son might not be alive when we arrived crossed our minds several times. The thought of a parent outliving their 16-year-old son defied all logic. We had every emotion – concern for Seth, how Lora and Brock were dealing with the news, anger with life not being fair, etc. There was significant prayer given (and maybe a little speeding). While traveling to Townsend Coach Watson called to indicate Seth was becoming more responsive while being monitored at the ER.

Upon arrival it was evident the coaches were still startled by what transpired. They realized the gravity of the situation and hoped they had reacted appropriately. Seth was ALIVE and we knew they had acted selflessly and without delay. They saved our son’s life. We are forever in their debt.

Seth was airlifted by Mercy Flight from Townsend to Great Falls that evening and then from Great Falls to Seattle Children’s Hospital later the next day.  Extensive testing has been performed, but it is still unclear at this time what may have caused his heart to encounter such a dangerous condition.  Under the advice of his doctors, to protect him from sudden cardiac arrest, an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) was surgically implanted by his doctor.

Through all this we realized how selfless people and their actions can be. Broadwater High School Administration, Coaches Clint Watson, Kirk Flynn, and Jeremy Bartlett, along with Broadwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Rauser, acted immediately and saved Seth’s life. The availability of an AED, their training in CPR and AED use, made a life-saving difference.  For this we ask for your consideration to honor these heroes, for their grace under pressure, in a situation most will never experience.”

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