LAUREL -- Butte native Tony Trudnowski is the new boys basketball coach at Laurel High School after final approval from the school board on Thursday, according to activities director Dominick Vergara.
Trudnowski becomes Laurel's third boys coach in three seasons after Paul Barta's contract was not renewed earlier this year. Barta replaced longtime Locomotives head coach Pat Hansen, who resigned after leading Laurel's boys and girls to the Class A state tournament in 2019.
Trudnowski previously served as a men's assistant coach under Bill Dreikosen at Rocky Mountain College and was the Battlin' Bears' JV head coach.
He is Laurel's first hire under Vergara, who is the school's new activities director.
"We are excited to have coach Trudnowski join the Locomotive family," Vergara said.