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Matt Upham resigns as Kalispell Flathead football coach

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Posted at 3:49 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 11:36:23-05

KALISPELL — Matt Upham has resigned as the head football coach at Kalispell Flathead High School, athletic director Bryce Wilson announced on Thursday.

Upham was on Flathead's coaching staff for the past five seasons, serving as the head coach the last two years after former Braves coach Kyle Samson left for Montana Tech.

Upham finished 2-15 as head coach in his tenure at Flathead, including an 0-7 mark in 2020.

"Matt was able to help the Braves make it to the state football championship game in 2018," Wilson said in a media release. "The Braves' defense ranked among the very best in AA football that year. Matt is looking forward to new opportunities for himself and his family. As the Flathead program moves forward, we will continue to strive on building a quality football program at Flathead High School. His work ethic, time commitment and dedication to the program truly was exemplary."

Upham was an assistant coach in 2018 when the Braves made the Class AA state championship game against Billings West. He took over as head coach the following season as the Braves went 2-8 in 2019.

Wilson said the process for finding a new coach will begin immediately.