BUTTE — A coach with two state titles on his resume is coming to the Mining City.
Matt Luedtke, who helped guide the Choteau boys basketball team to consecutive State B championships in 2015-16, will be taking over as the head coach of the Butte High boys basketball squad. He accepted the position April 29.
"I'm really excited to take on this new challenge, Butte has a lot of talented kids," Luedtke told 406mtsports.com "It's tough leaving Choteau, there's lots of great memories up there and great relationships. But at the end of the day it's really a decision based on family."
Luedtke, whose two oldest children live in Butte, will succeed Luke Powers, who stepped down in March after guiding the Bulldogs for four seasons.
Over his eight-year career with Choteau, Luedtke helped transform the program into a Class B powerhouse that captured the state title and capped an undefeated season in 2015 with a 74-57 victory over Missoula Loyola. The Bulldogs followed up with a 67-59 win in the 2016 championship game against Bigfork.
This past season, he coached Carroll College commit Sayer Patton, the shooting sensation who led the state in scoring with over 30 points a game.
Choosing to leave Choteau wasn't an easy decision, but Luedtke said he thinks he's left the program in a good spot.
"I think I'm leaving a great basketball culture behind," he said. "I've gotten a lot of support. Those relationships are going to last. I've spent a lot of time with some great young men."
A standout high school player himself, Luedtke was a two-time all-state player for his hometown Ronan and in 2000 was chosen Montana Gatorade Player of the Year. He dropped 13 3-pointers against Libby on Jan. 8, 2000.
He began his college playing career at the University of Montana his freshman year, where he saw action in 19 game. He then transferred to the Colorado School of Mines before landing at Montana Western his senior season.
Though he left his mark as a player, Luedtke said coaching has always been his passion.
"To me mentoring and coaching is just a special thing," he said. "To help young men on that path to success, not just in basketball but whatever they choose, there's no better feeling."
With Luedtke taking over in the midst of the offseason, he said his first focus will be on developing players and getting them accustomed to his expectations.
"It starts with hard work, getting kids excited to play," he said. "If you've got kids that are tough and want to win you can develop them into guys that make plays."