Flathead Hires Bledy Doda as Girls Soccer Coach

Replaces Jenni Sipe, who spent two seasons on Bravettes bench

By Andy Viano

Flathead High School will sport a pair of new soccer coaches this fall.

Activities Director Bryce Wilson announced July 17 that Bledy Doda has been selected to take over the girls program, less than two months after Flathead alum Zach Brenneman was tapped to helm the boys team. Doda’s hiring is subject to school board approval.

The Bravettes’ new coach brings a unique background to the top job, having played professionally in his native Italy before moving to Kalispell in 2011. Doda, 34, was born in Albania and emigrated to Italy as a young child. Since arriving in Kalispell, Doda has coached for the Flathead Soccer Club’s youth teams and organized an adult recreational program.

Doda replaces Jenni Sipe, who leaves the Bravettes after two seasons. Sipe’s teams went 2-28-1 overall in her two years, although one of those wins came in the 2016 Class AA state playoffs, a 2-0 victory versus crosstown rival Glacier.

The 2018 Montana High School Association fall season officially begins on Aug. 10, with teams permitted to begin practicing that day. The Bravettes will kick off the 2018 season at the Great Falls Jamboree Aug. 25.

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