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State Champions: 2014
Playoff Appearances:
Championship: 2014, 2013
Semifinals: 2015, 2012, 2011
Quarterfinals: 2010, 2009


COACHING STAFF
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Back Row: Jareth Wilson, Mark Kessler, Wade Rademacher, Grady Bennett, Jesse Rigler, Kramer Wilson, Chris Turner
Front Row: Kyle Kercher, Clark Begger, Shannon Smith, Arron Deck

Head Coach
Grady Bennett - Coaches Quarterbacks
Offensive Coordinator
Arron Deck - Coaches Running Backs
Offensive Assistant
Kyle Kercher - Coaches Wide Receivers
Offensive Assistant Mark Kessler - Coaches Offensive Line
Offensive Assistant
Chris Turner - Sub Varsity Offensive Coordinator
Defensive Coordinator

Shannon Smith - Coaches Linebackers

Defensive Assistant
Jesse Rigler - Coaches Defensive Line
Defensive Assistant
Jareth Wilson - Coaches Safeties
Defensive Assistant Kramer Wilson - Coaches Corners
Defensive Assistant Clark Begger - Sub Varsity Defensive Coordinator
Volunteer Assistant Wade Rademacher - Coaches Defensive Line
Freshman Defense
Ross Dankers - Coaches LB's / RB's
Freshman Offense
Gabe Buzzell - Coaches WR's, QB's / DB's
Freshman Assistant Jake Armstrong - Coaches D-Line
Freshman Assitant Bob Macauley- Coaches O-Line

Grady Bennett
2007 - 9 at GHS, 12 as Head, 25 overall
-Head Coach
-Quarterbacks
-Special Teams

Coach Bennett
Coach Bennett enters his 12th year as a head coach and 9th year at Glacier High School where, in only their 8th season as a program, he led the WolfPack to their first ever class AA football championship in 2014. After two initial building years, the WolfPack have been in the playoffs 6 straight seasons making the quarterfinals in '09 and '10, the semifinals in '11 and '12 and the championship game in '13 and '14 finishing as runner-ups in '13 and winning the title in '14 with an undefeated 13-0 record. Over those 6 seasons, the WolfPack's record is 55-17 and they are currently on a 16 game winning streak at home playing at Legends Stadium.
Coach Bennett began his head coaching career with three successful seasons as the head coach at Flathead, his alma mater. Coach Bennett graduated from Flathead in 1986 where he earned All-State 1st Team honors in 3 different sports. He was an All-State QB, an All-State guard on a Braves basketball team that finished as state runner-ups and he won Class AA's 300 hurdle race. He is one of only a handful of class AA athletes to be named All-State 1st Team in three different sports in the same year. He went on to play Quarterback for the University of Montana where he established many single season, career passing and total offense records. He passed for 3,092 yards in 1989 leading the Grizzlies to their best finish in school history at the time, losing to eventual National Champion Georgia Southern in the semifinals. For his career he passed for 7,778 yards and 55 touchdowns, both school records at the time. He was named 3rd team All-America his junior season. He graduated from UM in 1990 and after a brief stint with the BC Lions of the CFL, took his first teaching job back at his alma mater in 1991. He spent his first 2 seasons coaching the sophomore football team. He became offensive coordinator in 1993 and spent 11 seasons in that capacity. He coached a fine list of record setting
Brave quarterbacks including Duncan McLean, Seth Arnoux, Billy Henderson, Matt Regier, Pete Shull, Kern Luhman, Mike Reilly, Clay Lindsay and Brock Osweiler. Brock was a 2012 second round pick of the Denver Broncos and Mike Reilly earned NFL roster time and is currently the starting QB for the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL. The success at the QB position has continued at Glacier High School as Shay Smithwick-Hann just recently finished a fine career with the University of Montana Grizzlies and Colter Hanson and Taylor Hulslander made their mark on the school record books. Most recently, record shattering QB Brady McChesney will play collegiately for the Montana State Bobcats and set numerous state all-class passing records in his career as well as going 24-2 as a varsity starter.
Coach Bennett played in the East-West Montana Shrine Game in 1986, was an assistant coach for the West in both 1997 and 2007 and was the head coach of the 2012 West Shrine team. He also was an assistant coach for the Knights of Columbus Montana-North Dakota All-Star game in 2007 and as the head coach for the 2015 game, led Montana to a 40-25 over the North Dakota all stars. Grady teaches business at Glacier High specializing in accounting and finance. He is married to the former Amy Schuldheiss and has 3 daughters, Reegan, Briahna, Hailee and grandsons Jack and Declan.
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Arron Deck
2007 - 9 at GHS, 21 overall
-Offensive Coordinator
-Running Backs

Coach Deck
Coach Deck graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1992 where he competed in football, hockey and baseball. During his senior year he earned all conference awards as a defensive back and kick returner. In hockey, he was a semifinalist for making the USA Junior Olympic Hockey Team. He obtained a Health Enhancement teaching degree from the University of Montana and a Masters degree in Sport Management from MSU–Billings. He began his coaching career at Missoula Big Sky in 1995 where he coached defensive backs for two seasons. He then moved to Billings Senior and was the head JV coach and defensive backs coach for eight seasons, while spending the last two years coordinating the special teams. Arron was a defensive coach for the East in the 2004 East-West Shrine Game and was chosen to coach in the 2005 Mon-Dak All-Star Game. He joined Coach Bennett as an assistant coach for the 2012 West Shrine team. Coach Deck made the move to Glacier in 2007 to continue coaching linebackers and coordinate the WolfPack defense. In 2010, Coach Deck moved to the offensive side of the football to take over the offensive line and in 2011 became the offensive coordinator. He moved to running backs in 2013. Coach Deck teaches Health Enhancement classes at Glacier High School and is also the head boys track coach. Arron is married to the former Rachel Gibbs and has four children, sons Brady and Drew and daughters Hannah and Emily.
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Mark Kessler
2015 - 1 at GHS, 11 as Head, 24 overall

-Offensive Line

Kessler

Coach Kessler comes to Glacier High School from Northern California.  He graduated from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, California; participating in Football, Basketball, and Baseball.  After High School, he went on to play college football at Los Medanos College and Sonoma State University as a Tight End and Punter.  He completed his B.A. in Kinesiology from Sonoma State and California Teaching Credential from St. Mary’s College followed by a Masters in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University, Irvine.  Mark began his coaching and teaching career at Las Lomas High School in 1992 coaching defensive backs and wide receivers before taking over as the Head Coach.  In 1997 he began teaching and coaching at Benicia High School for two seasons as the Defensive Coordinator and two seasons as the Head Coach running the offense.  In 2000 he joined the staff at Solano College as Offensive Coordinator helping to lead them to the East County Growers and Graffiti Bowls.  In 2004 he served as Assistant Coach at San Ramon Valley High School working with Defensive Backs and Wide Receivers for three seasons; Defensive Coordinator for two seasons; becoming Head Coach in 2009.  During the 11 years with SRV, the Wolves compiled a record of 83-40-1 with 2 section Championships and one runner-up; and 11 straight playoff appearances.  Mark was an Assistant Coach in the 1992 Contra Costa All-Star Classic and chosen Head Coach of the 2000 Solano County Shriners game.  Coach Kessler teaches Health Enhancement classes at Glacier High School.  Mark is married to Jennifer Kessler (Counselor at Glacier High School) and has three children;  Kendall, Jarrett, and Brooke.
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Kyle Kercher
2012 - 4 at GHS

-Wide Receivers
-Specialists
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Kyle graduated from Leduc Composite High School in Leduc, Alberta in 2005. In his senior year he was the football team MVP, soccer team MVP, and Athlete of the Year at LCHS. Following high school Kyle continued his football career at Montana State University – Northern. He started at wide receiver all three of his years at MSUN and graduated a year early on the Frontier Conference All-Academic Team with a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion. Kyle currently works at The Summit Medical Fitness Center as a certified Wellness Coach and Health and Fitness Specialist. He administers cardiopulmonary exercise tests in Cardiac Rehab and runs specialized Receiver Skills Camps through his company Excel Athletics in the summer time in Alberta and Montana. Kyle is entering his 6th year of coaching in the valley and his 4th year at Glacier. Kyle was the sub varsity offensive coordinator his first 3 seasons coaching for the WolfPack and this year moves up to the varsity level to coach the wide receivers.
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Shannon Smith
2008 - 8 at GHS, 25 overall

-Defensive Coordinator
-Inside Linebackers

Coach Smith
Shannon Smith joined the Glacier High School staff in 2008 and enters his 7th season on the Wolfpack staff. Shannon began coordinating the defense in 2010 and now enters his 5th season in that capacity, also coaching the inside linebackers. He previously worked at Bigfork High School where he served as the activities director. He graduated from Flathead High School in 1985 and continued his education at the University of Arizona where he attained his secondary mathematics degree as well as earning a minor in athletic coaching. He then gained his Masters of Education in education leadership from Northern Arizona University. While at Flathead, Shannon played football and went on to play Rugby in college for a Wildcat program rated in the top 25 nationally on a consistent basis. While also coaching high school baseball and rugby, he has coached football for 20 years in Arizona, Colorado and Montana. He has coached virtually every position, has helped coordinate special teams, organized off-season speed and strength programs and has been a varsity defensive coordinator for 15 years. Shannon has mentored many athletes that went on to play college football which includes some current division I athletes playing today. He has had the honor of coaching one player who has played professionally in the NFL. Shannon was selected to coordinate the Montana defense in the 2015 Mon-Dak all star game and helped lead Montana to a 40-25 victory. As well as coaching, Shannon loves being a part of the teaching staff at Glacier High School and educates students in mathematics. His wife Lauren is the principal at St Matthews School and they have four children: Bailey, Jake, Derek and Morgan.
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Jesse Rigler
2011 - 5 at GHS
-Defensive Line

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Coach Rigler is entering his 5th season as the varsity defensive line coach at Glacier High School. Coach Rigler spent a great deal of his childhood in the Flathead Valley before moving to Nebraska. There he graduated from Hastings High School. During his time as a Tiger at Hastings High, Coach Rigler earned All-State 1st team Honors in football and placed second in state for both wrestling and discus in track. Coach Rigler graduated as the valedictorian of his class. Coach Rigler’s academic success earned him the opportunity to attend the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League Institution. While at the University of Pennsylvania, Coach Rigler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with a finance concentration. Coach Rigler was a three year starter on the offensive line for the University of Pennsylvania Quakers. During Coach Rigler's junior and senior year at the University of Pennsylvania, the Quakers’ offensive line finished in the top 3 of the nation for the least amount of sacks allowed in a season. Also while at Penn, Coach Rigler competed throwing discus on the track team for 3 years. During and after college Coach Rigler worked for several investment firms: Delaware Investments in Philadelphia, PA, Weiss Multi Strategy Hedge Fund in New York City, and The Bank of Ireland in Stamford, CT. In 2009, Coach Rigler jumped at an opportunity to move back to the Flathead Valley and start his own business with Edward Jones, helping individual investors reach their financial goals. He currently helps clients in the Flathead Valley as well as all over the country plan, protect, and invest for their financial future. In 2010, Coach Rigler was the head coach of the 5th grade Bigfork, Lakeside, Somers little guy football team. The following year Coach Rigler was privileged to take on coaching the defensive line at Glacier. Coach Rigler is married to his high school sweetheart, Linden who just delivered their first son Colt. She is a Speech Language Pathologist at Edgerton Elementary and in her private practice.
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Jareth Wilson
2011 - 5 at GHS

-Safeties
-Special Teams
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Jareth graduated from Flathead High School in 2006 where he played for Coach Bennett his junior and senior seasons. Jareth received all-conference honors and was elected team captain his senior season. He also lettered in track in which he received both all-conference and all-state honors. Following high school Jareth continued both his football career and education and enrolled at Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. He was a three year starter at wide receiver for the Orediggers and also contributed as a kick and punt returner. He received a bachelor’s degree from Montana Tech in Business & Information Techonology and his teaching certification from the University of Montana-Western. Jareth began his teaching career in 2012 at GHS in the business department. He recently celebrated his 2 year wedding anniversary with his beautiful wife Kate Wilson who teaches first grade at Lakeside Elementary School. Jareth is entering his 5th year coaching for the Wolfpack. He spent his first year on the offensive side of the ball helping with wide receivers as well as coordinating the sophomore offense. He moved to the secondary in 2012 and focuses on the safeties. He is also very involved with the WolfPack special teams. Jareth and Kate celebrated the birth of the first son Katcher this past year.
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Kramer Wilson
2014 - 2 at GHS

-Corners
Kramer Wilson

Kramer Wilson is a 2009 Glacier High School graduate making him the first ever alumni to coach for the WolfPack. At GHS, Coach Wilson played cornerback and served as a team captain for the first 2 football seasons in school history. He also played basketball and ran track for the Pack. Coach Wilson continued his football career at Montana Tech where he played corner for 2 years before transferring to the University of Montana to obtain his English degree. Last year Coach Wilson student taught and coached at GHS before taking a long-term substitute position at Kalispell Middle School. He is now a 7th grade Language Arts teacher at KMS and willmove to the varsity level this fall to coach corners. In 2014, Coach Wilson married his beautiful wife Ally who is a nurse at KRMC.
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Chris Turner
2014 - 2 at GHS

-Sub Varsity Offensive Coordinator
Chris Turner

Coach Turner graduated from Missoula Big Sky High School in 1993. He was a 3 year letterman in football playing RB, DB and special teams. His senior year he was named all-state running back and punt returner along with being an all-conference safety. He finished his senior season with 13 school football records. While at Big Sky he was also a 4 year letterman in track as a sprinter, placing at state all 4 years as a member of the relay teams and then in individual events his junior and senior year. Coach Turner went on to play running back for the Montana Tech Orediggers where he was honorable mention all-american his senior year. Coach Turner and his wife Susie have three boys, Drew, Dusty and Jake. Drew is currently a sophomore running back and linebacker for the WolfPack. After volunteering at the freshman level in 2014, Coach Turner moves to the sub varsity level to coordinate the offense in 2015.
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Clark Begger
2015 - 1 at GH
S, 3 overall
-Sub Varsity Defensive Coordinator

Begger

Clark Begger graduated from Billings Skyview High School in 2003.  Clark played offensive and defensive line for the Falcons.  His senior year, he earned first team all-state honors for his work on the offensive line and second team all-state honors defensively.  After high school, Clark played one year of defensive end at Minot State University.  He left the Beavers to study abroad his sophomore year, then completed a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the University of Montana in 2007.  Begger taught English as a second language in east Asia, Europe, and north Africa before returning to Missoula to complete his Master's of Education.  In the fall of 2013, Clark took a teaching position in Roberts.  At Roberts, he coached varsity and junior high football.  Also in Roberts, Clark married his wife Christie and they recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary.  For the 2015 season, Coach Begger will coordinate the defense at the sub-varsity level.
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Wade Rademacher
-Volunteer Assistant, D-Line

Wade Rademacher

Coach Rademacher grew up in Dayton, Minnesota where he played football, baseball, and hockey as a youth. He graduated from Elk River High School in 1989. As a senior, he earned all-conference and all-state as a tight end and was named the offensive MVP in the Minnesota High School All Star game. He also earned all-conference as a baseball player. Wade graduated from Montana State University in 1993 with a BS in Sociology. He was a four year letterman in football starting for two years on the defensive line and earning all-conference as a senior. He was the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week against #1 nationally ranked Idaho and finished his career with 12 sacks and five fumble recoveries. He had four his senior year including a 44 yard TD return. He also earned academic all-conference all four years. Wade has been a police officer with the Kalispell Police Department for 21 years. He has performed the duties of School Resource Officer, Special Response Team member, team leader, sergeant, lieutenant and currently holds the rank of Captain. Coach Rademacher was a founding board member of Flathead Valley Little guy Football in 1998 and has been a board member or coach since the program's inception. He has also coached baseball since 2004. Wade chased Coach Bennett around the football field in both 1989 and 1990 when the Griz battled the Cats and helped him with the defensive line when he took over the Flathead program. He will help the WolfPack defensive linemen this year by volunteering his time. Wade is married to the former Beth Gilman and has two children: Brec and Aubrie.
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Ross Dankers
2014 - 2 at GHS

-Frosh Defensive Coordinator
-LB's / RB's

Ross Dankers

Coach Danker's bio coming soon...
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Gabe Buzzell
2014 - 2
at GHS
-Frosh Offensive Coordinator
-WR's, QB's / DB's

Gabe Buzzell

Coach Buzzell's bio coming soon...
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Jake Armstrong
2014 - 2
at GH
S, 3 overall
-Frosh D-Line

Jake Armstrong

Coach Armstrong's bio coming soon...
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Bob Macauley
2015 - 1
at GH
S, 29 overall
-Frosh O-Line
Macauley
Coach Macauley's bio coming soon...
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