New Pirates athletic director bring Polson into new era
Adapted from article by JASON BLASCO of the Lake County Leader
Polson High School athletic Don Toth was elected to proceed former Pirates AD Jay Krantz entering the fall of the 2019-2020 school season. Toth said “I was motivated to become the A.D. at PHS as a way to advance my career while continuing to immerse myself in the alluring atmosphere of high school sports.”
The new PHS A.D. said he wouldn’t hesitate to try to make an immediate impact on the Pirates’ athletic programs, many of which have been in playoff contention for several years. Toth commented “My immediate goals for Polson’s athletic department is to re-energize our start to the next few school years with an emphasis on increasing Fall sports participation numbers and enthusiasm. I have a goal to increase our school’s sense of spirit and pride.”
Toth, who will replace Krantz, a popular figure with the Pirates, holds a significant background in athletics before taking over for Polson’s highly regarded athletic department.
Toth, a native Montanan, was raised in the Frenchtown Valley through middle school and graduated from Hellgate High School in1986. After Hellgate, Toth’s playing career is extensive as he played football at Spokane Falls Junior College, then enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Infantryman.
He served two tours of combat with the 1st Battalion 504th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division during Operation Just Cause and Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
“I returned to Missoula to finish my B.A. at the U of M in 1994,” Toth said. “After graduation, I accepted a job in Cut Bank in 2006”. Four years later he ventured to take a teaching position in Polson where he was better able to help care for ailing family members. Don’s wife Jan continued her volleyball coaching taking over the Polson volleyball program, and Toth continued his coaching career as an assistant football and assistant softball coach.
Now in his 14th year teaching and coaching in Polson, Don is starting a new chapter in his life. As the new PHS athletic director he will have the luxury of working with and impacting the lives of many more of Polson High School’s athletes.