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  • in Encouragement, News from Executive Director

    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

    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...
  • in News from Executive Director

    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...
  • in Press Release

    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...
  • in Coach of the Year, News from Executive Director, Press Release

    Three Montana Coaches receive National Honors

    Montana Coaches Association MEDIA RELEASE Don Olsen, MCA Executive Director, is pleased to announce that 3 Montana Coaches received National Coach of the Year honors at the National High School Athletic Coaches (NHSACA) annual convention in Bismarck, North Dakota on Wednesday, June 26th: Susan Loeffler, T&F coach of 45 years, was named the Nati...
  • in Coach of the Year, News from Executive Director, Press Release

    Montana Coaches Association Media Release

    MCA is pleased to announce that the following coaches were voted by their fellow MCA members, as “MCA Coach of the Year” in their respective spring sport.  They will be honored at the MCA Awards Program, in conjunction with the MCA All-Sport Coaches Clinic, on August 1st, 2019 at the C M Russell High Auditorium...
  • in News from Executive Director, Press Release

    2019 Winter Coach of the Year Awards

    April 26, 2019 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 2018-19 winter sport. They will be honored at the 2019 MCA Awards Ceremony, at 11:30 on August 1st at CMR High in...
  • in Coach of the Year, News from Executive Director, Press Release

    2019 MCA Hall of Fame Inductees

                The Montana Coaches Association is pleased to announce that 3 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 1, 2019, in the CMR High Auditorium. Family and friends...
  • in MCA Newsletter

    Winter 2019 Newsletter

    Coaches, Attached is the Winter 2019 newsletter. Please note that hard copies will no longer be mailed out. A few highlights: 2019 MCA clinic speakers announced Coach and AD Magazine subscriptions Scholarship deadlines upcoming Click here to download...
  • in Coach of the Year, News from Executive Director, Press Release

    Montana coaches selected as Finalists for National Coach or AD of the Year

    The Montana Coaches Association is pleased to announce that the following 13 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): Liz Flikkema Athletic Director Manhattan Christian Jeffrey Anderson Boys’ Assistant Flathead...

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 the status of high school athletics in Montana, I remembered that we are all fans. In most cases, the reason that we decide to become coaches is so that we can see the student-athletes succeed. We want to see them be successful once they graduate from school. We want to see them be successful in the classroom, in society and in the athletic arena. We are all fans.

I was talking to Coach Jeff Graham about finally making it over the top.  Coach Graham and I share a passion for the Dodgers; also, I would like to think we share a passion for seeing our student-athletes making it over the top.  Coach and I realized that the last time the Dodgers won the title in 1988, I was 15 years old and Coach Graham was 6 years old.  In 2020, we both have sons that have been forced to be Dodger fans. Carter, my son, will turn 15 this week and Jace, his son, is 6 years old. Witnessing our sons celebrating that historic win magnified our own excitement. 

In general, doesn’t that describe our role as coaches?  We wait and wait (sometimes 32 years) to see our teams succeed. And when they do, we are more excited for our players than we are for ourselves. We are all fans.

Sports are worth it. Coaches spend countless hours working to put practice plans together and draw up plans to help their teams win that week’s game. Often in today’s society coaches can be underappreciated and receive a lot of criticism.  However if the critics would look a little deeper, they would see the passion of a fan is what drives that coach. 

If you just got done with a fall sport think of a moment that made you go, “Wow! I got to be here for that moment.”  If you are gearing up for the winter season, think of something that you are excited to witness in the next few months. We are all fans.

I found this on the Internet…

            Our Coach
            Leads by Example
            Dedicated & Determined
            Teaches Teamwork
            Motivates and Listens
            Builds Character
            Challenges and Develops

            Committed to Our Team
            Our Biggest Fan

Right now all of our kids, all of our student-athletes, all of our teams need fans. Maybe capacity is down in the stands, but they can have their biggest fans in practice every day and at all their games. We are all fans.

How ‘bout them Dodgers!  We are all fans.

-Brian Campbell

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