BOZEMAN – The Bozeman Bucks American Legion baseball team has a new manager. His name is Rich Poliquin, and he comes to Bozeman after leading Hamilton to back-to-back Class A state and regional championships.

“I just come in here with an attitude of the expectation is just to work hard, compete,” said Poliquin. “We have the numbers here that we should be successful and if everybody
comes out and competes daily, I think that the end product will be that of success.”

Poliquin is using the indoor facilities at Play it Again Sports to get his team some early practice and to start building a team.

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“Basically, create like a family atmosphere,” said Poliquin. “It’s competitive and people are going at it at practice. It almost makes playing fun. You compete on a daily basis at practice. Games are for the kids and it should reflect that. They should be out there having fun but also learning. The coaching staff that we put together here, I think that’s going to happen.”

The 47-year-old Poliquin is a native of southern California where he played for an excellent junior college program, and later coached championship high school teams in Arizona — experience that he hopes to turn into more Montana championships. Poliquin likes what he’s seen so far.

“A bunch of kids who are eager to work. I’m excited,” he said. “I haven’t seen the whole lot, I’ve probably seen half of the total pool because we have some kids playing basketball and wrestling, but these kids are eager to learn. I think they’re eager to win.”