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Father and Son-In-Law Duo ready to lead Havre High Football

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It's been a little bit of a transition period for Mark Samson as he returns to coaching at the prep level. He spent ten seasons coaching at MSU-Northern after a successful career at Capital High that included three State Championships.
 
"I think the biggest thing is just reminding myself that I'm dealing with a younger age kid," says Samson. "We're trying to teach them a system that has been successful for me for many many years. And they're picking it up but it's just going to be a little bit slower, which is fine."
 
It's a challenge Samson won't have to tackle alone. His former quarterback at Northern and son-in-law Travis Dean will be his Quarterback Coach. It's an honor that Travis is glad to have.
 
"Right when he got the job, I told him you got your Quarterback coach immediately," says Dean. "We came into a great deal being with a great Quarterback. I've learned a lot from coach. He's been coaching forever."
 
That "great" quarterback is senior Dane Warp, who Samson feels can learn a lot from his son in law since he was a pretty good signal caller in his own right. But Dean's senior season at Northern started with Samson leaving then ended with a knee injury. Now they can both make up for lost time on the football field by standing on the sidelines together.
 
"It's been great," says Samson. "Travis was a very good college quarterback. Unfortunately he spent most of his college career beat up a little bit. But he was always a very good Quarterback."
 
The inclusion of Mark and Travis only increased their family presence at the Havre Public Schools. Mark's wife teaches at Highland Park Elementary and his daughter Tricia was coaching at Havre High before her husband Travis.
 
"Tricia is an assistant basketball coach, head JV coach over at the High School." says Dean. So there's a big family around town."
 
A family where Father And son-in-law are hoping to coach the Ponies deep into the post-season in November.

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