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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Sullivan hired as new Three Forks High School Football Coach

 

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Connor Sullivan fires up the Bobcats crowd.

There will be a familiar face on the sidelines next year for the Three Forks High School football team.

Former Montana State standout tight end Connor Sullivan was recently hired as the new head coach for the squad. He will replace former coach Matthew Bakken who resigned in May.

Sullivan helped lead the Bobcats to the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs in 2018 and will forever be etched in the lore of the Cat-Griz rivalry for his game sealing 26-yard reception on a fourth-and-1 play with less than 1:30 remaining in the 2016 matchup.

Sullivan met with his team for the first time Thursday and told them the program will not be about "me, me, me" and instead will focus on building a culture.

"We've always been a basketball school. That's going to change," he said.

Sullivan wants his players to make good decisions every day, protect the program, and told his squad he wants them to have a combined 3.0 GPA or higher.

He also stressed the pitfalls of social media telling them "less is more" and instructing them not to bring their cell phone to classes or team meetings.

Sullivan said his players need to come ready to work, give best effort at everything they do, and understand the importance of protecting the program.

He also detailed the little things that make a successful program including, keeping a clean locker room. Sullivan said during a 2018 road playoff trip to North Dakota state who has won six of the last seven FCS National Titles, their facilities were all spotless, something he has always seen with winning programs.

Jack H. Smith

Connor Sullivan was recently hired as the new head football coach at Three Forks High School.

To Sullivan, who was a standout athlete at Ennis High School, building a foundation is far more important right now than the X's and O's, something he learned a lot about from current Montana State coach Jeff Choate and his staff.

Sullivan will also teach third grade at Three Forks Elementary and said he grew up in an education household. His father John was a teacher, coach, and administrator in Ennis before spending the past five years as superintendent of the Whitehall School District.

Prior to introducing Sullivan to the players, Three Forks Athletics Director Terry Hauser discussed the importance of having around 30 players so they can field a junior varsity squad. Hauser also spoke highly of the new hire.

"He's going to do a good job," he said.

In his final words to the squad, Sullivan said it is time for them to get to work and they will organize a camp soon.

"I'm excited to get this thing rolling," he said. "I'm excited to be a Three Forks Wolf."

 

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