BAKER – Montana lost another one of its coaching legends.
Clayton Hornung, who was inducted into the Montana Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014, passed away Monday. He was 69.
Hornung had a 37-year coaching career, with the last 30 of those coming as the girls basketball coach at Baker. He won 468 games while leading the Spartans, including five divisional championships and three state titles in 1989, 1996 and 2001.
Hornung’s Baker teams qualified for the state tournament 11 times, adding two second-place trophies, two third-place trophies and one fourth-place finish. The Spartans won 50 consecutive games from 1980-90, which is the fourth-longest girls basketball winning streak in Montana history.
“Coach Hornung, I guess when I came into the school, he was here,” said Dave Breitbach, Baker’s athletic director and football coach. “When I was a basketball coach for a lot of years, he gave me a lot of guidance throughout the years on multiple things – offense and defense, just the whole game of basketball. As a classroom instructor, he was a great person. My children all had him as a teacher. They marveled at how good of teacher he was and how wonderful of person he was. It’s a tough loss for not only their family, but for our community and our school as a whole.”
Hornung, who also acted as Baker’s mayor, retired from coaching after the 2012-13 season.