LAUREL — Tony Trudnowski, a standout player who helped lead Butte High’s magical run to the 2004 Class AA state championship game, has a new job.
Trudnowski, a Montana Tech graduate, was named the boys’ basketball coach at Laurel High School. He is set to replace Paul Barta, whose contract was not renewed after one season as head coach. Barta replaced longtime coach Pat Hansen following the 2018-19 season.
The move is pending approval of the school board, something that is expected Thursday.
Montanasports.com was first to report the story about Trudnowski moving from a job as an assistant coach under Bill Dreikosen with the Rocky Mountain College men’s program.
Trudnowski, who was also the junior varsity head coach at Rocky, was a finalist for the Butte High job that went to Matt Luedtke last spring.
During the 2003-04 season, Trudnowski was a senior and key player for coach John Thatcher’s Bulldogs, who rebounded from a last-place season to the championship game against Great Falls Russell in Missoula.
CMR won that game 53-45 in front of 6,711 fans, the majority of them rooting for the Bulldogs, in Dahlberg Arena.
Trudnowski went on to a solid career on the Montana Tech men’s basketball team.