Dryden, Schulz receive coaching awards

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Adding to a stellar spring for Bulldog sports, Whitefish also received two Coaches of the Year awards for girls tennis coach Patrick Dryden and track coach Derek Schulz.

The Montana Coaches Association on June 6 announced the spring Coaches of the Year, which are voted on by MCA members.

The coaches will be honored at the MCA Awards Program on Aug. 1 in Great Falls.

Dryden coached his team to a girls tennis title this year, coming away with overall singles champion Gracie Smyley, doubles champions Olivia Potthoff and Aubrey Hanks and the team trophy.

Schulz coached the girls track team to its first title in 35 years at the Class A State Track Meet in Laurel last month. Whitefish had champions in Mikenna Ells in the 400 as well as the 400 and 1,600 relays.

MCA Spring Sports

Coach of the Year

Boys Golf

B Michael Trudnowski, Loyola Sacred Heart

C (Co-Head) Jeff Bellach/Tom Hubers, Manhattan Christian

Girls Golf

B Michael Trudnowski, Loyola Sacred Heart

C (Co-Head) Jeff Bellach/Tom Hubers, Manhattan Christian

Boys Tennis

AA Josh Munro, Glacier

A Lois Woodard, Beaverhead County

B-C Jason Purpura, Great Falls Central

Girls Tennis

AA Lance Bouchee, Helena High

A Patrick Dryden, Whitefish

B-C Patti Danforth, Loyola Sacred Heart


AA Michael Coleman, Great Falls High

A Andrea Folkman, Belgrade

B-C Tim Bastian, Huntley Project School

Boys Track

AA Craig Mettler, Sentinel

A (Tie) Curt Fox, Laurel/A Tammi Myers, Beaverhead County

B Wesley Lindeen, Huntley Project

C Larry Henderson, Scobey

Girls Track

AA Eric Fisher, Bozeman

A Derek Schulz, Whitefish

B (Tie) Tim Robinson, Baker/B Wesley Lindeen, Huntley Project

C Michael Haines, Seeley-Swan

The following MCA members were also elected to serve as Class Directors on the MCA Board: AA Director Bob Howard, Great Falls High; A Director Cindy Farmer, Hardin High

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