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Butte and Belgrade Head Coaches Form Friendship at MSU

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Arie Grey grew up in the small town of Deer Lodge before attending Montana State. When he got to Bozeman, he met a guy named Eric Kinnaman who played running back.

"It starts when we met in college. His work ethic, it was a lot like I was he was small he was undersized but we had the speed you know just with his ability is amazing in of itself," said Belgrade head football coach Eric Kinnaman.

"Tough hard nosed guy I mean he was a little dude playing in the Big Sky as a running back he was hard and he was physical," said Butte High head football coach Arie Grey, describing Kinnaman.

The ball carrier from Sutherland Nebraska made an effort to help Grey.

"He just took me under his wing and said you can do this you can battle I know it's tough I know it's hard things are swimming and you're scared. He really put me at ease at that situation," said Grey.

"Being able to add the game into the friendship and what not that helped us just being locker roommates. He was 13 I was 12," said Kinnaman.

Because Grey and Kinnman were close teammates, they decided to get barbwired tattoos on their arms. And it seemed like a good idea at the time.

"Being dumb you know being college kids thinking you're really cool you're going to get a tattoo we got them together you look at it you're like that was really great. You look back at it and you're like man that was not intelligent back in the day. Little bit of bonding stuff and understand that we're out there together and we care for each other," said Grey.

"He got his on his right arm and mine's on my left arm  so as we sat down in our lockers it was  right next to each other. It was a pretty cool experience you look back at it and it was a good thing to remember and it's good friendship to have," said Kinnaman.

Both Grey and Kinnman took what they learned from their head coach at MSU, and applied it as head coaches.

"I bet you there's a lot of coach Hysell in us. And what we do and the discipline and the hard work and believing in things and doing things the right way," said Grey.

"He told you how it was and we got to do the same thing here with these kids that's a great thing he instills or that he did instill in his players," said Kinnaman.

 

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