Butte community mourns loss of Montana Tech golf coach Lee LaBreche

BUTTE — By now most people in Butte have heard about the passing of Lee LaBreche this past weekend.

LaBreche was 55.

LaBreche, a Butte native, wore a lot of different hats in the community. He was Butte-Silver Bow’s county coroner since 1996 and the head golf coach at Montana Tech where he had been a part of the staff since 2012.

Montana Tech athletic director Matt Stepan commented on the legacy LaBreche created as an Oredigger and a member of the Butte community.

“Lee was truly great at building relationships, and that shows in the recruiting efforts that he’s been able to put together here at Montana Tech with our golf program,” said Stepan. “Our caliber of play has increased a lot, not from just Lee’s knowledge of the game, but probably more from his ability to build relationships. We got to get back on our feet a little bit. It’s going to take some time, it’s going to be tough. Hard to replace a guy like Lee in your life.”

LaBreche, a Butte Central graduate, also was a defensive coordinator for the Maroons for a number of years. During those years, Butte Central was regarded as one of the most talented defensive teams in the state of Montana.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann’s Church, followed by a reception at the Maroon Activities Center.

Dom Tibbetts

Dom Tibbetts

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