BISMARCK, N.D. — Montana was well-represented at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) convention on Wednesday night.
Bigfork track and field coach Sue Loeffler, Bridger volleyball assistant coach Robin Smith and Geraldine-Highwood co-head football coach Rod Tweet were honored with national coach of the year awards.
Loeffler was named the girls track and field coach of the year, Smith was named the girls assistant coach of the year, and Tweet was named the football coach of the year. Both Loeffler and Smith were in Bismarck to accept their awards as Montana won awards in three of the 19 categories.
Loeffler’s career at Bigfork has spanned more than four decades, and she’s guided the Valkyries to three Class B girls track and field state championships, including back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018.
Congratulations to Coach Sue Loeffler – National Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year Winner! Wonderful recognition for a storied 45-year career at Bigfork. #mtscores #bigforkproud pic.twitter.com/nn97X9kFfM
— Bigfork Athletics (@bigforksports) June 27, 2019
Smith recently retired after 30-plus years as Wayne Moorman’s assistant coach at Bridger. The Scouts won 10 Class C state volleyball championships under the duo’s guidance and earned a runner-up finish this past fall.
Tweet is considered one of the godfathers of 6-Man football in Montana, winning four state championships with Geraldine and another two as part of the Geraldine-Highwood co-op.