Frenchtown logo

MISSOULA — Ryne Nelson and the entire Frenchtown High School football coaching staff has been let go following a decision by the Frenchtown School Board Tuesday night.

Nelson was hired in 2017 as the Broncs head coach, accumulating a 34-16 overall record since then. He took over after the Broncs went 2-7, and since guided the team to winning seasons each year.

When Nelson took over the Broncs hadn't made the playoffs since 2014. Under Nelson, they made the Class A postseason each season.

"When I took over as head coach I think we revived a program that was struggling and we were fortunate enough to have some of the kids buy in and bring some success back to the program and be a playoff football team all five years I was the head coach," Nelson told on Wednesday. "A lot of that credit goes to my coaching staff as well. All the time and effort they put in and I put in, it's just pretty unfortunate to be honest with you."

Nelson said he had backing from the Frenchtown School District administration, but the board opted to go in a different direction. Nelson noted concerns about playing time with junior varsity players, which he refuted, and disciplinary decisions he had to make regarding players. He did not want to provide further details.

Frenchtown School District administration, Frenchtown School Board chair Jami Romney Fitzgerald and vice chair Gordon Schmill did not respond to requests to comment made by the Missoulian and

Lance Hartzler covers Griz men's basketball and prep sports for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter at @lance_hartz or shoot him an email at

Load comments