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Matthews Steps Down as Columbia Falls Volleyball Coach

With Matthews at the helm, the Wildkats won back-to-back Class A state championships

Jessy Matthews has stepped down as head coach of the Columbia Falls High School volleyball team after two successful seasons.

With Matthews at the helm, the Wildkats won back-to-back Class A state championships and were 42-3 overall. The 2015 squad won the program’s first state title since 1996.

Matthews recently informed Columbia Falls administrators that she was stepping down and moving back to her hometown of Missoula, where she has been hired as the head coach of the volleyball team at her alma mater, Loyola Sacred Heart, which competes in Class B.

“I’ve had an awesome time up here and couldn’t have asked for a better experience at Columbia Falls, but getting back home has always been a long-term dream of mine and the timing this year just worked out right,” she told the Beacon.

Columbia Falls Activities Director Troy Bowman said a search is underway for a new head coach.

“We wish Jessy the very best in her new endeavors in the Missoula valley,” he said.

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