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New Butte High basketball coach Matt Luedtke looks to restore pride in program

Posted at 6:16 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 00:39:14-04

BUTTE — On Monday, ButteSports.com reported and MTN Sports confirmed that former Choteau boys basketball coach Matt Luedtke would become the new head coach of Butte High’s boys basketball team.

On Wednesday, MTN Sports caught up with Luedtke while he was in Butte attending his son’s elementary track meet at East Middle School. He shared what his early expectations are, not only for the team, but for the Bulldog program as a whole.

“I would say probably the biggest expectation is just put a team out on the floor that I’m proud of and that the community can be proud of,” said Luedtke. “When they leave there they can say, ‘Man, those guys are fun to watch. Win or lose they gave everything they had, and we’re going to watch them again.’”

Luedtke held a meeting Wednesday for the freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the program and was pleased with the turnout he received in his first meeting as head coach.

“I hope that the kids are excited, that’s how it felt,” Luedtke said. “You know, I’m really excited to get down here and get to work and start meeting the kids on a more personal level and see what makes them tick and see if they’re willing to put in the time it takes to be really good.”

His staff will feature some familiar faces, including Noah Thatcher, Chad Jonart, and Shane Sutton, who are all from the Butte and Dillon area. Luedtke’s coaching philosophy has him ready to get the most out of the new crop of talent he has at his disposal and building a path for longterm success.

“I don’t really have a goal for wins and losses or anything like that. Probably my biggest goal is to get the most out of the kids that I have,” Luedtke said. “At the end of the day if we feel like we did all we could to be successful, then I’ll be happy with that.”