Paul Klaboe’s high school football career began as a player for the Butte High Bulldogs at Naranche Stadium.
It included a remarkable 29-year run as the head coach at Billings West High School.
On Thursday night, that career will conclude with an indication into the Montana Coaches Association Hall of Fame at the Great Falls High auditorium.
Klaboe, a 1972 Butte High graduate, will be inducted alongside former Dillon coach Bernie Wassier and former Lewistown coach Gary Gerbert.
Gerbert coached football in Lewistown for 27 years, while Wasser coached in Malta before spending 13 seasons as the head girls’ basketball coach in Dillon. He also coached the Beaver golf teams.
Klaboe, a Montana State graduate, announced his retirement from coaching in January 2015. He led the Golden Bears to Class AA state titles in 1997, 1998 and 2005. His teams finished runners up five times. He was named MCA Coach of the Year three times.
Klaboe and his wife Maureen have four sons, John, Kevin, Paul and Casey. The younger Paul Klaboe was a standout defensive end for Montana Tech after staring for the Bears under his father.
The Hall of Fame inauguration will be part of the three-day Montana Coaches Association 49th Annual All Sports Clinic. Super Bowl winning coach Dick Vermeil will be the keynote speaker at the clinic.1 comment