Sunday, March 18, 2018

Hardin High School track coach Laura Sundheim shows her 35-year Longevity Award received recently during the Montana Coaches Association Clinic in Great Falls.

Laura Sundheim honored for 35 years of service

Now in her 36th year as a coach, Laura Sundheim of Hardin High School has received recognition by the Montana Coaches Association with a Longevity Award.
The award is given to coaches who have served at least 15 years, and is presented every five consecutive years. Sundheim, now on her fifth award, has been the HHS track coach for 34 years.
“Its not very much an award, it’s more of a reward,” Sundheim said, laughing. “It just means I’m old and I’ve been around a while.”
Her first experience in the field was as an assistant coach for track and basketball at the Eastern Montana College, presently known as MSUB.
Student athletes, according to Sundheim, can also provide motivation to coaches.
“It’s the kids,” she said. “My association with them keeps me younger than my years, they keep me invigorated.”
Through her coaching, Sundheim hopes that students become encouraged and learn not only the sport, but important life skills as well.
“I hope that they are challenged and become better athletes, better competitors and better people,” she said. “I have a passion to pay back to the kids everything I’ve ever learned or experienced, and I just want to pass that on to others.”