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Libby native John Sauer has come house to Montana.

Based on info from Montana State College, Sauer has hit the bottom working in Bozeman and brings spectacular credentials to the Montana State Athletics Workers.

Sauer, a 1977 Libby Excessive College graduate, joined the Bobcats energy and conditioning employees in July after spending the earlier 31 years at The Faculty of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He serves as Montana State’s Director of Olympic Sports activities on the energy and conditioning employees.

“To be trustworthy, I by no means thought this chance would come up in my profession. When it did, it was a no brainer for me,” Sauer stated. “To return right here and be part of coach (Alex) Willcox’s employees and to return again to Montana and be a part of Montana State College Athletics, I simply by no means anticipated it. I didn’t anticipate the chance in my profession, so I used to be on board and all in. It’s a terrific alternative and I couldn’t be extra excited.”

Sauer was William & Mary’s first full-time energy and conditioning coach in 1988. He labored with all facets of energy and conditioning for the Tribe’s 23 varsity sports activities throughout his profession. Below his steerage, at the very least one Tribe soccer participant earned All-America energy honors for 30 consecutive seasons. From 1996-98, Sauer was acknowledged because the Energy and Conditioning Skilled of the Yr within the Colonial Athletic Affiliation via the Nationwide Energy and Conditioning Affiliation.

In July of 2010, Sauer was honored for his work with the Tribe when William & Mary named its coaching space in his honor. In 2005, Sauer was one among seven coaches nationwide acknowledged as a Grasp Energy and Conditioning Coach (MSCC).

The Grasp designation is the very best honor that may be achieved as a energy and conditioning coach.

Previous to William & Mary, Sauer made stops at Clemson, Utah and Southern Methodist. He holds a bachelor’s diploma from the College of Montana and a grasp’s diploma from Delta State. Sauer is licensed via the Collegiate Energy and Conditioning Coaches Affiliation.

Sauer was born and raised in Libby and his mom, Judy Sauer nonetheless lives right here. His father, John Francis Sauer, died in 2018.

He performed soccer and took part in monitor with the Loggers.

“I didn’t have an incredible highschool profession however it was enjoyable and I labored at it,” Sauer stated in a earlier The Western Information story.

Sauer’s routine included figuring out on the common weight machine situated upstairs within the fitness center.

“We’d go up there and I didn’t know what I used to be doing however it was one thing I used to be all in favour of,” Sauer stated. “I’d do the identical factor every single day.”

Following commencement, he headed to the College of Montana. Mike Van Diest, the legendary head soccer coach at Carroll Faculty who retired in 2018, was the energy and conditioning coach for the Grizzlies on the time.

“At Montana, I received into some powerlifting and that type of pointed me on this course,” Sauer stated then. “Mike Van Diest, he helped me get began on this profession.”

Sauer earned his bachelor’s diploma in well being and bodily schooling at UM and took the place of head coach of energy and conditioning at Delta State in Mississippi. Sauer earned his grasp’s at Delta State after which moved across the nation slightly.

He held positions at Southern Methodist, Utah and Clemson earlier than settling down in 1988 at William & Mary.

“It was type of a ache transferring round like that however that’s a part of this occupation,” he stated. “It’s very uncommon for somebody to remain at one place so long as I’ve.”

In 1995, Sauer designed the Joseph W. Montgomery Energy Coaching Middle, a 5,500-foot facility that was upgraded within the spring of 2006.

The room now options 16,000 kilos of free weights, over 7,500 kilos of dumbbells and 6,000 kilos of rubber bumper plates.

Sauer has had a soccer participant earn All-America honors for greater than two decadesthe previous 21 seasons and lots of have gone on to the Nationwide Soccer League.