Frenchtown names new boys basketball and boys soccer head coaches

(Frenchtown High School media release)

FRENCHTOWN — Frenchtown High School is excited to announce two new head coaches for the 2019-2020 school year.

Brandon Robbins will be coaching boys basketball for the Broncs. He will take over from Mark Quinn, who resigned from the position. Robbins prepped in Columbus under his stepdad, MCA Hall of Famer and recent Laurel hire Paul Barta. In high school, Robbins helped lead his team to a third-place finish at state as junior and divisional title as a senior while being named all-state both years.

He went on to play two years at Miles Community College in Miles City for Chase Tait, where he was named to the Mon-Dak All-Academic team both years. Following his time there, he went to the University of Jamestown in North Dakota and played for current Minot State head coach Matt Murken. As a senior there, Robbins was named the Dakota Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year while helping the Jimmies win the conference championship and earn the No. 7 seed in the NAIA Division II national tournament. He also was an NAIA Scholar Athlete and a recipient of the NAIA’s Champion of Character Award.

Upon completing his degree, Robbins returned to Montana, in Laurel, where he student-taught and coached along Pat Hansen for one season. He then moved to teach and take over the basketball program in Meeteetse, Wyo. After two years there, Robbins moved to Frenchtown and has served as an assistant coach the past four years, while also helping with football and track. Quinn led the Broncs to back-to-back state tournament appearances.

Mark Spencer will be coaching boys soccer for the Broncs. He will take over from the original Frenchtown boys coach, Kirk Gammill, who resigned due to a change in his work assignment. He is supported by his wife, Maddie, and son, Finn.

Spencer moved to Missoula in 2001 to play football for the University of Montana. He grew up playing soccer, starting at the age of 4, and played throughout high school. He played intramurals in college and also played in the Bundesliga over 35 Regionalliga division. He coached his first fourth-grade team at age 13. Since then, he has been an assistant coach at a junior college in California for one year and has coached at the high school level in South Carolina, England and Germany for the past seven years. The previous two years he has was a girls head coach in Germany, which won the DoDEA Division II European Championship. He is currently coaching a ’07 Missoula Strikers team.

Derek Buerkle

Derek Buerkle

Derek has worked in sports at KPAX-TV in Missoula since 2007. He grew up in Big Timber, Montana, and attended the University of Montana journalism program.
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