HAMILTON – As Hamilton chases a fourth straight trip to the playoffs, a familiar face in western Montana takes over the reins of the program. Bryce Carver was promoted to head coach after spending three years as an assistant with the Broncs.

The former Dillon star and Montana Grizzly receiver has learned a wide range of coaching techniques, playing under legendary high school coach Terry Thomas and three different head coaches at Montana. When asked which style he most wants to copy, Carver chose Mick Delaney, UM’s coach during his senior season.

“As a guy who was one of those tough guys that got the best out of his players, but also treated them with respect, and had a great relationship with a lot of his players,” said Carver. “A guy who still if I see will come give me a hug, and this is seven, eight years later. So I really kind of want to be like that, [building] those relationships with kids that make them want to play hard for you when they’re on the field.”

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Hamilton opens its season Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. in Whitefish.