After months of searching, Ennis High School announced the hiring of two new head coaches Tuesday afternoon, Chris Hess as the new head football coach, and Jordan Overstreet as the new girls' basketball coach, according to Ennis' athletics director, Paul Bills.
"We advertised for teachers first," Bills said Tuesday afternoon by phone. "And we were lucky to get quality applicants who were also very qualified to coach."
Hess comes to the Mustangs from Forsyth, where he was the head coach for the past three seasons, accumulating a 21-7 record and helped the Dogies reach the playoffs for three consecutive seasons after they failed to qualify for the postseason for more than 20 seasons.
"We're extremely happy to add him to our staff," Bills said of the hire. "He was courted by a few Class A schools, so we're extremely happy to have him."
Hess takes over for Jay Fredrickson, who resigned this past winter to take on other opportunities. Fredrickson coached the Mustangs for seven years, leading them to a Class C title in 2013 and recently was the Red Team coach at the Cleverley 8-Man All-Star game in Butte.
Hess is a graduate of MSU-Northern, and was reportedly had drawn interest from a number of Class A schools before deciding to take the position at Ennis.
The Mustangs went 10-2 last season, reaching the state semifinals before losing to eventual champion Wibaux.
The Mustangs are set to open the 2015 season on August 28 against Broadview/Lavina.
Overstreet is a recent graduate of Montana Western where he played for three Bulldog teams that made trips to the NAIA National Tournament, including this past season.
While at Western, Overstreet was named a team captain and was third on the team in scoring, averaging over 10 points per game.
Overstreet is a graduate of Three Forks High School, and will also begin teaching fourth grade within the Ennis School District.
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“Jordan is a young kid who I have tremendous, tremendous respect for,” Bills said. “He carries himself like a true champion. He’s very gracious. I can’t say enough about him and his family.”
Overstreet takes over for Nick Burgess, who left to pursue other opportunities.
It is the first head coaching job that Overstreet has held.
McKitrick wins track Coach of the Year
The Montana Coaches Association named its 2015 Coach of the Year award winners for the 2015 spring season, and Wendy McKitrick of Ennis was named the Class C boys track and field Coach of the Year after guiding the Mustangs to the Class C title in Laurel this spring.
McKitrick helped the Mustangs finish with 62 points at the Class C meet, winning the team title by 12 points, and had four individual event wins at the meet, three by Cleet Wrzesinski in the 200, 110- and 300-meter hurdles, and the pole vault title by Walker McKitrick.
Other Coach of the Year winners in boys' track were Tony Arnston of Helena and Dan Hodge of Flathead in AA, Spencer Huls of Corvallis in Class A and John Sillitti of Manhattan in Class B.
Girls' track and field winners were Jerry Weik of Billings Senior in AA, Huls of Corvallis in A, Denise Montgomery of Plains in Class B, and AJ Chlebnik of West Yellowstone in Class C.
In boys' golf, Pat Lynch of Manhattan took home the COY honors for Class B, while Wayne Cahoon of Seeley-Swan was named the Class C recipient.
In girls' golf, Mike Trudowksi of Loyola Sacred Heart took the Class B COY honors, while Jay Johannsen of Sunburt was named the winner in Class C.
Mick Morris of Conrad was named the Girls' Special Sports COY for guiding Conrad to the B-C title in softball this year.