Teams line-up before the start of the crosstown girls soccer match at Power Field at Memorial Stadium. (TOM WYLIE/MTN Sports)

GREAT FALLS – Willie Pyette has resigned his position as the girls soccer coach at Great Falls’ CM Russell High school per a Wednesday release from Great Falls Public Schools.

Pyette was previously an assistant for the Rustlers and assumed head coach duties in 2015 after longtime mentor Rob Zimmerman moved to Billings after the 2014 season. Pyette led the Rustlers to a 13-19-4 record in three seasons at the helm.

But his impact on soccer and athletics in Great Falls reaches far beyond the wins and losses. Pyette and his wife, Melissa, donated $105,000 toward the installation of new turf at Memorial Stadium on the condition that soccer lines be included in the design. Both crosstown soccer matches were held under the lights at Memorial for the first time ever this season.

“My wife, Melissa, and I are big soccer fans, and we knew this project was going to happen and we were fortunate enough to be involved in it and we’re very grateful for the opportunity to be involved,” Pyette explained to MTN Sports at the time. “We thought, ‘We come to a lot of football games here and we watch track here,’ and we thought it would be awesome to come watch some soccer here. It’s not just good for the kids, it’s good for the parents, and the grandparents and the casual fans to get out here and watch a game.”

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Before being named the head coach of the Rustler soccer team, Pyette also served as an assistant coach for the Great Falls High wrestling team – helping the Bison capture three consecutive State AA titles from 2013-2015.

The Chinook native has two daughters that played soccer for the Rustlers. Lexi Pyette recently graduated from Carroll College where she starred on the pitch and the golf course for the Saints. His youngest daughter, Lindsy, is an undergrad studying business at Arizona State University.

The search for a new girls soccer coach is under way. Anyone interested in the position is urged to contact the GFPS Athletic Office at 268-6082 or fill out an application on the district website before December 15, 2017.

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