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  • in Encouragement, MCA Multisports Clinic

    Fall Encouragement by MCA President, Dennis Murphy

    Coach, The summer has ended, and now our fall sports practices are upon us. The new year brings excitement and optimism for an outstanding 2021-22 season. I hope that you are energized and ready to give your student athletes the quality coaching that is found in our Montana coaches. I would like to thank those...
  • in Encouragement, MCA Newsletter, News from Executive Director

    MCA 2021 Spring Newsletter

    View the Spring MCA Newsletter here: MCA Newsletter May 2021 Final.pdf...
  • in Coach of the Year, News from Executive Director, Press Release

    MCA Announces 2021 Spring Coaches of the Year

    June 2, 2021 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 2021 spring sport. They will be honored at the 2021 MCA Awards Ceremony, at 11:30 on July 29 at CMR High in...
  • in Coach of the Year, Press Release

    MCA Announces Winter Sports Coaches of the Year for 2021

    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 2021 winter sport....
  • in MCA Newsletter

    MCA Winter Newsletter

    Thoughts from the Director…The winter sports season is in the books. To say it was a “trying season, unlike any other”, would be an understatement. As with most worthwhile things in life, it took work, adjustments and sacrifice to accomplish. You did just that, and so did your athletes, parents, officials and administrators. MHSA, in conjunction wi...
  • in Hall of Fame, Press Release

    MCA Announces five 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees

    The Montana Coaches Association (MCA) is pleased to announce that 5 Montana coaches will be inducted into the MCA Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be a part of the 2021 MCA Awards Ceremony (in conjunction with the MCA Coaches Clinic), on Thursday, July 29, 2020 at 11:30 am in Great Falls at the CM Russell High School Auditorium. Family a...
  • in Education, Encouragement

    March Encouragement by Jim Carroll, Class B Director

    As you read this, we are finishing up the winter sports season and embarking on the spring season.  In reflecting back to last August, who would have thought we would be able to see these seasons fulfilled!  Congratulations to all the coaches, administrators, and especially the student-athletes that have made all this possible. We now...
  • in MCA Newsletter

    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

    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...
  • 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 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 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 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 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

    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...
  • in MCA Multisports Clinic

    51st Annual Multi-sports Clinic Brochure now available

    The MCA Clinic – August 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2018 will feature another amazing lineup of guest speakers and clinicians. Newly added speakers: Jim Miller – Wrestling – Wartburg College Don Don Williams – Softball – North Idaho College Mike Miller – Softball – Helena Capital #LovingLifeAsACoach’sWife ̵...
  • in News from Executive Director, Press Release

    National Award Winners

    Don Olsen, MCA Executive Director, is pleased to announce that the following awards were presented this week at the National High School Athletic Coaches (NHSACA) annual convention in Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Bob Raeth, 47-year coaching veteran, was named the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) 2018 “Assistant Boys Coach of...
  • in News from Executive Director, Press Release

    2017-18 MCA Scholarship Recipients Announced

    Montana Coaches Association is pleased to announce that the following 2018 High School graduates are MCA scholarship recipients. They will be awarded at the MCA Awards Ceremony in the Great Falls CMR High Auditorium at 11:30 on August 2nd, in conjunction with the MCA All-Sport Coaches Clinic (Aug 1st-3rd). MCA is proud to honor these...
  • in Coach of the Year, Press Release

    2017-18 MCA Special Awards Announced

    MCA is pleased to announce that the following coaches have been selected for special awards that will be presented at the annual MCA Awards Ceremony on August 2nd, 2018 at CMR High Auditorium in Great Falls in conjunction with the MCA All-Sport Coaches Clinic. MCA Assistant Coaches of the Year Robin Smith Bridger Class C...

Coach,

The summer has ended, and now our fall sports practices are upon us. The new year brings excitement and optimism for an outstanding 2021-22 season. I hope that you are energized and ready to give your student athletes the quality coaching that is found in our Montana coaches.

I would like to thank those coaches who attended the 54th annual Montana Coaches Association clinic this summer. We had 648 coaches who attended this event and as a member of the MCA board, we were pleased with the turnout after cancelling last year. I always viewed the clinic as a rewarding end to the summer. The opportunity to learn from other coaches and the fellowship that is shared during the week always provided me with the final boost before jumping into the fall season. If you were not able to attend this year, please consider next year. If you have any suggestions for the clinic, I encourage you to contact your class representative as we continually look to improve this opportunity for professional development along with the social events.

Montana had some exciting news from the National High School Athletic Coaches Association as our state earned 3 prestigious awards. Two National Coaches of the Year – Paul Barta – Basketball and Larry Smith – Softball along with Mark Yoakam being inducted into the NHSACA Hall of Fame. If you get a chance to congratulate them, please do so as this is an incredible accomplishment.

I hope that all your practices go well, and your athletes stay healthy. Enjoy your time teaching the life skills that your students will carry with them throughout their lives and the memories that will be made during your season. I know that it is difficult but remember to find time for yourself and your family, keeping a healthy balance between work and your personal health.

I truly look forward to watching games this year after dealing with fan restrictions last year. We know the importance of athletics to our students, school and communities so a great big thank you goes out to all Montana coaches as they embark onto this year’s adventures. Good luck and best wishes.

Dennis Murphy

MCA President

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