FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Brett Marciel, Director of PR & Marketing
The Jason Foundation
Don Olsen, Executive Director
Montana Coaches Association
The Jason Foundation and the Montana Coaches Association Join to Fight Youth Suicide
(Hendersonville, TN—February 1, 2016) The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI), a national leader in youth suicide awareness and prevention programs, is joining with the Montana Coaches Association (MCA) for an affiliation targeted to address the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide. This affiliation was established through their membership in the National Organization of Coaches Association Directors. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for youth ages 10-22 in Montana and the nation. One of the first projects between the two will be to provide an online training library on suicide awareness and prevention for all MCA members through JFI’s Coaches Assistance Program. The MCA membership reaches 1900 coaches across the state.
“We are excited about working within Montana, through NOCAD, to offer programs and materials that will provide information, tools and resources to their membership in raising awareness and helping to build prevention skills,” stated Clark Flatt, President of The Jason Foundation. “The fact that the NOCAD membership, MCA included, unanimously voted to affiliate with JFI only further cements the commitment they have to their student-athletes and student bodies as a whole. As their unofficial motto states – Please Remember, Kids Need Coaches.”
In the nation, according to the 2013 CDC Youth Risk Behavioral Survey, over 1 out of every 6 students responded that they had “seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months”. This same survey reports that over 1 out of 13 students reported attempting suicide within the past twelve months.
NOCAD, in its 26th year, has never before aligned itself with another non-coaching organization. “After hearing Clark Flatt’s presentation and statement of goals and procedures there was no doubt that we would seek affiliation,” said Phil Weaver, Executive Director of NOCAD. “Within hours the unanimous vote was taken and the coaches of NOCAD had committed to helping The Jason Foundation work to reduce the terrible incidence of youth suicide in the United States.”
About the Affiliates:
The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting the “Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational programs for young people, educators, parents, and other community groups. JFI, headquartered in Hendersonville, TN, was founded in 1997 after the tragic death of Jason Flatt, the 16-year-old son of Clark Flatt. For more information, please visit JFI’s website, http://www.jasonfoundation.com
The Montana Coaches Association (MCA) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1966. The MCA mission is to improve the profession of coaching across the state while providing a unified platform to voice concerns and promote the values of education based athletics. The MCA provides educational opportunities for coaches and students annually.
February 4, 2016
2015-16 MCA Members,
I trust this finds you well and enjoying your winter season, whether you are presently coaching, resting after the fall season or ramping up for the spring.
There are a few items I would like to bring to your attention:
- Due to the resignations of President Elect, Tracy Scott and Class B Rep, Kip Ryan, I appointed Kim Sorkness from Broadview as Class C Director and Jim Carroll from Conrad as Class B Director this past year. They both will be on the online ballot in May. According to the MCA Constitution, the MCA Board of directors is the nominating committee. If you would like to be considered as a nominee for one of these positions (Class B or Class C Rep) , or would like to suggest someone else, please submit your suggestion for board consideration in writing, via email or letter, to me no later than March 15th.
- The MCA Scholarship application is updated and open on the website. https://montanacoaches.com/scholarships/
- Longevity Awards are available for coaches/AD’s/trainers who have served for 15 years and then in 5 year increments. 15 and 20 recipients receive certificates, but may upgrade to plaques for $13. Those who are eligible and apply for 25 years and up, receive a plaque, compliments of MCA. You do not automatically receive this award – You must apply online at http://montanacoaches.powermediallc.org/longevity-form/
Feel free to call with any questions.
Montana Coaches Association MEDIA RELEASE
The Montana Coaches Association and Executive Director Don Olsen, are pleased to announce that 15 Montana coaches have been selected as “Finalists” for National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) Awards:
The nominees are:
Assistant COTY, Boys’ – Jim Epperly, Bigfork
Assistant COTY, Girls’ – Mark Yoakam, Corvallis
Athletic Director of the Year – Pat Lynch, Manhattan
Basketball, Boys’ – Terry Thomas, Beaverhead
Basketball, Girls’ – Karen Deden, Missoula Sentinel
Cross Country, Boys’ – Clint May, Bozeman
Cross Country, Girls’ – Joanne Cleveland, Corvallis
Football – Rodney Tweet, Geraldine
Golf – Jeff Strickland, Tree Forks
Soccer – Erika Cannon, Bozeman
Softball – Ed Kriskovich, Billings West
Special Sports – Cheer – Julie Shepherd, Choteau
Track & Field, Girls’ – Spencer Huls, Corvallis
Volleyball – Tara Taylor, Fergus
Wrestling – Steve Komac, Great Falls
8 Finalists are selected nation-wide in each category. This is a tremendous honor for Montana and for each of these well-deserved nominees.
Finalists will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the NHSACA National Convention at the Galt House in Louisville, KY on the evening of June 29, 2016. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA National Coach of the Year in nineteen recognized sports categories. Friends, family and fellow coaches are encouraged to attend the convention and award ceremonies. More information at http://www.hscoaches.org/
The National High School Athletic Coaches Association is the oldest coaches’ association in the nation formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing national coaches of the year since 1978.
The following Coaches were selected by a vote of fellow MCA coaches as “Coach of the Year” for their respective 2015 fall sports.
They will be honored at the 2015 MCA Awards Banquet, August 4th at Great Falls High
|Boys’ Cross Country|
|Girls’ Cross Country|
AA & A Golf will be awarded in the spring with class B & C
Soccer coaches will be on the “Special Sports” ballot in the spring.
This short survey, which is a part of my dissertation research, should take you no more than ten minutes to complete. Thank you to all of you who completed the survey at the MCA annual Multi-Sport Clinic in July! I loved hearing your stories!
If you didn’t have the opportunity to share your story at the clinic, I hope you will consider doing so now. Your experiences are truly invaluable, and they will help researchers like myself better understand what motivates coaches and what keeps coaches in the game!
We look forward to sharing our findings with you and providing you with resources that can help you maximize the impact you have on your athletes and become the best coach you can be!
Georgia Forney, Hardin Swim Coach, was selected as the National Swim Coach of the Year by the (NHSACA) National High School Athletic Coaches Association on Friday, June 20th at their National Convention in Rochester, MN. Georgia was Montana’s Swimming finalist for 2015 and joined 7 other Montana finalists in various sports.
Coach Forney has coached for 28 years, 22 as head boys’ and girls’ Swim Coach at Hardin. During those years her boys’ swim team has over 430 wins, garnering 4 State Championships and 7 runners up. She was a 2005 NHSACA COY nominee, a top-8 finalist in 2009 and 2012 as well as a 16x nominee for MCA Coach of the Year.
Dan Hodge, Flathead and Jeff Carroll-Billings Senior were Montana’s inductees into the NHSACA Hall of Fame on Friday, in Rochester (this was publicized in January-bios attached). Other finalists for Coach of the Year were: Dustin Gordon-Fairfield-Girls’ Basketball, Ann Funk-Choteau-Volleyball, Mark Garber-Centerville/Belt-Girls’ Cross Country, Terry Thomas-Beaverhead County-Football, Bob Raeth-Flathead-Assistant Boys’ Sports and Paul Bills-Ennis-Assistant Girls’ Sports. Dennis Murphy of Havre was a finalist for Athletic Director of the year.
Award winners, Georgia Forney, Dan Hodge and Jeff Carroll as well as the 7 finalists will be recognized at the MCA Awards Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 30th in the Great Falls High School Auditorium during the 48th Annual Montana Coaches Association Multi-Sports Coaching Clinic. At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, a complimentary luncheon will be served. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
The following Coaches were selected by a vote of fellow MCA coaches as “Coach of the Year” for their respective spring sports:
Boys’ Spring Golf
B Pat Lynch – Manhattan
C Wayne Cahoon – Seeley-Swan
Girls’ Spring Golf
B Mike Trudowski – Loyola Sacred Heart
C Jay Johannsen – Sunburst (North Toole County)
Boys’ Track & Field
AA Tony Arntson – Helena & Dan Hodge – Flathead (Tie)
A Spencer Huls – Corvallis
B John Sillitti – Manhattan
C Wendy McKitrick – Ennis
Girls’ Track & Field
AA Jerry Weik – Billings Senior
A Spencer Huls – Corvallis
B Denise Montgomery – Plains
C AJ Chlebnik – West Yellowstone
Girls’ Special Sports
Mick Morris – Conrad (B-C Softball)
Boys’ Special Sports
Gregory Shifflett – Corvallis (A Soccer)
2014-15 MCA members:
Thank you for your support! Our new 2015-16 membership year begins June 1. We hope that you will continue to support our great organization.
We encourage you to sign-up online. It saves us significant time and prevents errors in your information. Dues are $35 which is a great bargain when you consider that coach/teacher members are covered in the classroom by our million dollar liability policy. The insurance coverage and our complimentary admission to regular season high school and college athletic contests are worth much more than the cost of your dues.
If you are eligible for a longevity award, you may now submit it online at www.montanacoaches.com Please do so ASAP. 15 and 20 year award winners, you may upgrade from a certificate to a plaque for $13, if you chose.
We invite you to attend the 2015 MCA Clinic. We have an excellent array of Clinicians plus all the great perks that no other clinic in the country comes close matching. $65 for pre-registration is a great bargain that includes the BBQ, the complimentary awards ceremony lunch, the Flamingo Fling, free continental breakfast, plus food & drinks all day in the exhibit area. In addition, we have the free food coupons in the packets and exhibit drawings and numerous door prizes. The total cost for dues and clinic is only $100.
Submit your online membership application today and enjoy a full year of MCA benefits. I hope to see you at the clinic in July!