Every year the Montana Coaches Association holds an awards ceremony - but this year features the largest class of inductees in more than 25 years with 11 people headed to the Hall of Fame.
A lifetime dedicated to coaching isn't a job for everyone, but eleven Montana coaches have given their all to high school athletics, and the Treasure State has officially recognized their hard work.
"It's pretty humbling. Everybody's had such great accomplishments and stuck with it so long," said Big Sky track coach Dan Nile. "For every great accomplishment, there's some lows along the way that you have to wade through and this shows a lot of perseverance from these people and a lot of great success."
Now, they'll join a legacy behind them in the MCA Hall of Fame - which many agree is a dream come true.
"I don't know, I'm elated. It's a feeling I can't describe right now," said Huntley Project volleyball coach Iona Stookey. "One of the best moments of my life."
The new inductees also say something like this makes all the ups and downs of being a coach worth it.
"Coaching is not an easy task, and the kids were great, the competition is wonderful, and it's just a pleasure to be a part of that," said former Billings West tennis coach Steve Handley."
And most importantly - they know that they couldn't have accomplished this without the help of their communities.
"Havre's got a great support cast in all of those people and more in Havre have made it fun to do what we do," said Havre wrestling coach Scott Filius.
Coaches add that while the award is an honor, they're most looking forward to is taking what they learned at this clinic and implementing it into a winning season.
In addition, former Montana football head coach Joe Glenn was a guest speaker and spoke about what the Treasure State means to him.
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Courtesy: Montana Coaches Association
The Montana Coaches Association is proud to announce that 11 Montana coaches will be inducted into the MCA Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be a part of the 11:30 MCA Awards Ceremony (in conjunction with the MCA Coaches Clinic), on Thursday, August 3, 2017, in the GFHS Auditorium. Family and friends are invited. All attendees are invited to a complimentary luncheon in the cafeteria immediately following the ceremony.