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Coaches Getting Coached at 47th Annual MCA Multi-Sports Clinic

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It's somewhat ironic for a coach to be coached. But at the Montana Association Coaches Clinic in Great Falls, coaches from all levels, from all over Montana, come to get a dose of their own medicine.

"Other than parenting, coaching is the most influential platform we have to influence the lives of people. With that said, i think it's incredibly important because coaching can impact kids in a positive way or a negative way. And I think it's really important that coaches understand the impact their having," said John McCarthy, motivational guest speaker.

Coaching can be a tough job. You lose, it's your fault. You win, nobody says thank you. But at the clinic, it's an opportunity for coaches to be reminded that they are in fact, appreciated.

"It's an opportunity to get together and our point is to say thanks to all the high school coaches in Montana for the great job they do with the players coming up - some of whom will play for us - but more importantly, they learn the game of football and gain positive experiences with that, said Rob Ash," Montana State head football coach.

"The message is going to be how much appreciation I have for the coaches and what they do to continue to develop the great game of ours. We have a bunch of guys who are great teachers and motivators and that's what we need in this sport," said Ron Lynn, Director of Player Development for Stanford University football.

With so many coaches and so much natural competitiveness, you think it'd be hard for everyone to get along. But not for these coaches. They put aside their egos and come together for the same goal.

"They get along, they interact, they talk about different things and share ideas. That's what this is all about, really. It's just a great event and any coach that comes for the first time says wow I didn't know it was like this," said Don Olsen, MCA Executive Director.

Coaches go to the clinic to get better and to apply what they’ve learned to help their teams become better too.

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