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Polson High School hires new boys soccer, girls basketball, head swim coaches

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News from Polson High School

POLSON — Polson High School has hired several new coaches for next year’s sports seasons.

Josie Lies

New head soccer coach for Polson High School’s boy’s Pirate soccer program is Josie Lies (pronounced “Lease”). 

According to PHS Activities Director Ethan Bucarey, “Administration and the Polson Pirate community are excited for the opportunity to have Coach Lies lead our soccer program. She offers a wealth of knowledge and has already established great relationships with many of our athletes and families.” 

Coach Lies said that she is delighted to “build some excitement around the Polson boys soccer program. I believe sports are about community… I look forward to helping build not only a successful program, but young men that are motivated, strong, and successful in life as well. Come out this fall and cheer on these talented young men.” 

Before her hiring, Coach Lies spent several years as a coach and board member for the Polson Youth Soccer Association. She also has experience as a scholastic and collegiate soccer player. Coach Lies also has children who are Pirates in Polson School District. 

Brandie Buckless

Brandie Buckless is the new head girls basketball coach for their program. Buckless joined the Polson staff after May’s school board meeting. 

According to PHS Activities Director Ethan Bucarey, “The Polson Athletic Department is excited about having Buckless as our new coach.  Coach Buckless will bring a great energy, focus, and experience to our program. I look forward to seeing the girls program continue to build.” 

Coach Buckless said that she is “excited and humbled to be taking on this role and to continue supporting the growth of the Polson High School girls basketball program. We’re looking at lots of different ways to encourage and foster the skill development of girls in Polson at all ages and really build a positive environment that produces successful female athletes both on and off the court” 

Before her hiring, Coach Buckless was a volunteer assistant coach, as well as coaching the youth Fierce Basketball program. Coach Buckless was a former Ronan basketball player who finished her high school career at Whitefish and continued on to have a successful collegiate career at Montana State University. 

Morgan Zimmer

Morgan Zimmer is the new coach for Polson’s young swim program.

According to PHS Activities Director Ethan Bucarey, “The swim team has found a lot of experience in Coach Zimmer. We are excited to have her on board, and look forward to growing our swim program.”  

Coach Zimmer said that she is “excited for a new year of possibilities. Having the opportunity to coach such a new program in this area holds nothing but potential for these student-athletes. I’m looking forward to meeting all the swimmers and coaching them to be the best well-rounded student-athletes they can be. I have always enjoyed the enthusiastic community that swimming has provided, and hope to keep all the fun and support going. I look forward to bringing my experience and style of coaching to the Polson Pirates.” 

Before her hiring, Coach Zimmer coached the Missoula County Public School teams to a state championship as a head coach as well as an assistant before that. She also coached the Missoula Aquatics Club. 

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