Spring sports may be a long way away, but it hasn't stopped some national outlets taking notice of the Big Sky track team and field team.
Coming off a State Boys Title in track, it's best to ask the athletes just what Dan Nile means to the program.
"If we didn't have coach Nile, I don't think we'd be anywhere near the top," says Big Sky junior Chance Maes.
Gill is a leading manufacturer of track and field equipment, and each year crowns a national coach of the year for both boys and girls, while coach Nile didn't come home with that award, he was honored as the Western Region winner, something that was hardly expected, even after their state title,
"Never gave it a thought, so it's pretty humbling, and it says a lot about our kids. The award is more about the kids, and the parents, and the Big Sky Track (assistant) coaches. It's a shared deal, it's not an individual thing," says Nile.
While Coach Nile says being honored as the western region coach of the year isn't an individual award, he attributes the teams success to the programs team first attitude.
"It's not just something that goes on a bumper sticker, it's the truth, all the assistant coaches buy in, all the players buy in, and winning that state title was real big for the kids, they were more interested in winning the title than winning the individuals," says Nile.
While the National coaches of the year were given to the Central region with coaches in Iowa and Wisconsin, when asked why coach Nile deserved the National award in addition to his regional honor, his athletes keep it simple.
"You can just look at the numbers, we have less than 1000, and the other schools have 1500-2000, and we brought 15 kids to state, I think 9 of them scored points, so I just look at that, and that says a lot," says Maes.