Gary Gebert named to coaches' Hall of Fame

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Retired Fergus High School football Coach Gary Gebert will join two other Lewistown coaches as a 2016 inductee into the Montana Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 11:30 a.m. during the MCA awards ceremony at the Great Falls High School Auditorium. The awards ceremony is part of the annual three-day MCA multi-sports clinic at GFH.
Gebert will join Lewistown’s Chuck Kettering (1986) and Eadie Schultz (1988) as members of the Hall of Fame.
“It is truly an honor,” said Gebert when he received notification of the award. “It is a tribute to all my assistant coaches and players throughout the years.”
Gebert, who retired from coaching football at FHS in the fall of 2013, came to Fergus in 1988. In the following 26 years of coaching football at FHS, Gebert had a 116-102 record. During those years, Gebert’s Golden Eagles made 12 quarterfinal appearances in the Class A ranks. His teams also made five semi-final appearances and won one Class A state title, a 9-6 win over Whitefish in 2001.
He was named football “Coach of the Year” by the MCA in 2001. Gebert was also named the Central A “Coach of the Year” in 2000 and 2001.
Gebert has served as an assistant coach in the annual Montana East-West Shrine game for three years and was the head coach for the East squad for two years. He also served one year as an assistant coach for the Montana-North Dakota Badlands Bowl.
Gebert was active in the MCA for 37 years, serving on the Board of Directors from 2003 to 2008 and being a clinician at the annual clinic for many years. He was president of the MCA between 2010-2012. In addition, Gebert served on the Montana High School Association football rules committee from 1992 to 2013. Gebert was a 2008 delegate to the NFL Youth Football Summit.
In addition to coaching football, Gebert also served as a wrestling coach at FHS for several years and was a science teacher.

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