The Montana Coaches Association (MCA) recently announced 14 Montana coaches and one athletic director (AD) as finalists for National Coach of the Year or AD of the year by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA).

Les Meyer, Fairfield School Superintendent, was selected for the football coach category.

Coaches are nominated by each member state. Eight finalists are selected in each sport category.  

Other Montana coaches selected were: James Epperly, Bigfork; Jim Kola, Glacier; Scott King, Malta; Paul Barta, Laurel; Eric Peterson, Helena; Mark Albert, Hamilton; Cindy Farmer, Hardin; Gregg Wasson, Harlowton; Larry Smith, Polson; Julie O’Dell, Hardin; Bret Thompson, Charlo; Spencer Huls, Corvallis; Iona Stookey, Huntley Project; Bob Owen, Polson

“This is a tremendous honor for Montana and for each of these well-deserved individuals,” said the MCA in a press release sent to the Sun Times.

Finalists will be honored during The National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet which will take place at the NHSACA National Convention at Lincoln Station Great Hall in Lincoln, Nebraska on the evening of July 23, 2020. The highlight of the banquet will be the naming of the NHSACA National Coach of the Year in nineteen recognized sports categories.

The nominees and finalists were selected based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years and winning percentage.  They are evaluated by experts in the field of coaching, using a sport-specific rubric to assign points in each category.  NHSACA was formed by coaches, for coaches, and has been recognizing National Coaches of the Year since 1978.

Friends, family and fellow coaches are encouraged to attend the NHSACA Convention and Award Ceremony.  For more information, go to: