Epperly to be inducted in coaches’ hall of fame

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PEORIA, Ill. — Longtime Flathead High School coach Bill Epperly will be inducted into he National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame at a ceremony on June 20, the Montana Coaches Association announced in a press release on Wednesday.

Epperly has coached a variety of sports at Flathead and is currently the boys and girls high jump coach. Overall, he has coached in Montana for 49 years.

Epperly was formerly the head boys basketball coach at Flathead, leading the Braves to state championships in 1982 and 1989. The Braves also had second place finishes in 1986 and 1991.

He began his career in 1959 at Bozeman Rosary High School and has served as a coach in the state ever since, including three seasons leading the Montana Tech men’s basketball program.

As an assistant, he has been a part of 13 state championships.

Since he has led the high jump program at Flathead, the Braves and Bravettes have had 45 divisional, 24 state placers.

He is also a two-time MCA boys basketball coach of the year, Epperly was inducted into the MCA Hall of Fame in 1990. He was a 1993 nominee for national high school basketball coach of the year and was inducted into the Kalispell Legends Wall of Fame in 2005.

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