Jorgenson Retires as Flathead Cross Country Coach

School officials say search for new coach will begin immediately

By Justin Franz
Flathead cross country coach Paul Jorgenson. Beacon File Photo

Flathead High School cross-country head coach Paul Jorgenson is retiring after 45 years.

Jorgenson was called “a legend” by school officials in a press release announcing the retirement and has been recognized for his tireless work as a coach and educator across the state and nation. In 2008 and 2010, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association named Jorgenson the national cross-country coach of the year for boys and girls respectively.

Since becoming a boys and girls cross country coach in the 1970s, Jorgenson has led the teams to two-dozen state championships.

Flathead High activities director Bryce Wilson said Jorgenson had left an unforgettable mark on both his school and community.

“Paul has worked to build a great tradition of cross country running at Flathead; we hope to build on his incredible foundation,” Wilson said. “He has been a dedicated coach with the highest values and morals. Words cannot express our gratitude or our thanks to him for his efforts throughout the years.”

Wilson said the search for a new head coach would begin immediately.