With the fall sports season comes change.
The Ronan Maidens, Chiefs have transitioned from Class B to Class A. The Mission Bulldogs transitions from Class-B, 11-man football to Class C, 8-man football and some of the differences between the fall of 2016 and the fall of 2017.
At the conclusion of every season, there is the inevitable turnover at the coaching position. One of the most (note-worthy) changes in the Mission Valley was the transition of Polson Pirates head coach Scott Wilson. After 17 seasons of coaching, Wilson stepped down to make a full-fledged transition into administration. Wilson left his post in which he had a 17-year tenure to become the Polson High School principal.
Two other notable changes occurred this fall. The Arlee High School football team will no longer have Todd Yocum as its head coach. Yocum, who will retain his position as an assistant coach, is letting Chuck Forgey assume control of a team that just two years ago finished second in Class-C, 8-man football.
The other major change for the Warriors’ football season will be at the athletic director. Scarlets basketball coach and Athletic Director Bill Stockton has stepped down and Amy Bartles will now assume the responsibilities as athletic director.
The other noteworthy change came quickly. Cammie Evenson has left her position as the Lady Vikings’ head coach. Charlo is currently looking for her replacement.
“We are currently interviewing and we won’t know anything for a little while,” newly-appointed Vikings’ athletic director Shane Bartschi said. “The sooner, the better we make a hire because sports will be starting soon.”
Bartschi will replace current Vikings’ football coach Mike Krahn as Athletic Director. Krahn, who coached Charlo to a second-place finish last season, will retain his title as head football coach.
At Mission, Tyler Murray is the newly appointed head coach and will replace former Bulldogs’ football coach Jake Bosley. Bosley will retain his position as the athletic director for Mission High School.
The Chiefs hired new golf coach Frank Ciez and he will replace Matt Olson. With the transition from Class B to Class A, Ronan will now have its golf season in the fall instead of the spring.
The following is a list of coaches as provided by the athletic directors of the schools:
Pat Danley, football coach
Patricia Luetzen, volleyball coach
Matt Seeley, cross county coach
Bill Owen, golf coach
Adam Fansher, boys soccer coach
Jamie Whealon, girls soccer coach
Matt Detweiler, Ronan football coach
Noelle Decker, girls, boys cross county coach
Frank Ciez, boys, girls golf coach
Charla Lake, volleyball coach
Mike Krahn, head football coach; Jim Peterson assist. football coach
Bret Thompson, boys, girls cross country coach
Chuck Forgey, head football coach; assist. Todd Yocum, Ryan Landolfi
Brett Sproull, boys, girls cross country coach
Lonie Morin, girls volleyball coach; assist. Amy Bartles