GREAT FALLS – The Montana Coaches Association unveiled their 2016-17 spring sports coaches of the year earlier this month, an honor voted on by fellow MCA members. Each will be honored at the MCA all-sport coaches clinic on Thursday, Aug. 3 in Great Falls.
Below is the list of winners from each of the spring sports, listed by class.
Boys track and field
AA: Rob Stanton, Billings West
A: Stacey Collins, Sidney
B: Michael Schmidt, Fairfield
C: Wendy McKitrick, Ennis
Girls track and field
AA: Craig Mettler, Missoula Sentinel
A: Don Samuelson, Belgrade
B: Susan Loeffler, Bigfork
C: Kevin Shaw, Fort Benton
Boys golf (Classes B and C performed in the spring)
B: Michael Trudnowski, Missoula Loyola
C: Wayne Cahoon, Seeley-Swan
B: Jeff Strickland, Three Forks
C: Jeff Bellach and Thomas Hubers, Manhattan Christian
AA: Cheryl Litle, Bozeman
A: Richard Lindgren, Glendive and Elizabeth Klarich, Billings Central
B-C: Tom Kendall, Baker
AA: Lindsey Gustafson, Great Falls CMR
A: Michael Neubauer, Belgrade
B-C: Rob Ralls, Florence-Carlton
Boys special sports (these sports did not have enough member MCA coaches)
B-C tennis: Kyle Hannah, Libby
Girls special sports (these sports did not have enough member MCA coaches)
AA soccer: Erika Cannon, Bozeman
AA swimming: Helen Houlihan, Missoula Hellgate
The MCA also announced its 2017 assistant coaches of the year – Ted Ori of Dillon’s Beaverhead County High School in Class A and Bill Mulvaney of North Star High School in Class C. Each will also be honored on Thursday, Aug. 3 in Great Falls.
Ori has been an assistant for 29 years at Dillon, helping the football and boys basketball programs. The Beavers have won five state football titles and six state basketball championships under his tutelage as an assistant coach.
Mulvaney’s tenure has spread four decades on the Hi-Line and seen sports such as football, boys and girls basketball plus track and field. Mulvaney’s has been a part of 15 district track adn field titles, four divisional championships and four top-three state finishes, including a first-place trophy with the North Star girls.