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Great coach at Battle Mountain High School has my full respect

Josh Olson
Vail, CO, Colorado
newsroom@vaildaily.com

I am writing this letter with my upmost respect and support of Coach Phil Tronsrue. I have been an assistant coach for Phil for the past three years, and want to speak out regarding his dedication and hard work that he has given the basketball program and mostly to the boys.

Phil coaches with enthusiasm and dedication at all practices, and I have never seen him yelling or losing his temper or singling out one player. He is there to let them know when they have done a wrong and tells them how they can play better, but also encourages them when they have done something right.

Phil wants every player to succeed and to try to do better with whatever they do.

I have coached high school basketball, both boys and girls, but the last three under Phil, and feel I have grown as a person and become a better coach because what he has taught me.

I graduated from Battle Mountain High School and played all four years for the team. I had two different coaches while playing and would have loved to have had a coach like Phil, who has that dedication and sincere regard he has for all his players, including working with the kids all summer with practices, open gym and tournaments, which is all volunteer! To Phil it’s all about the kids.

Phil is the one coach who not only supports his team but makes a point to get to other sporting events even after a long day at the gym and his own games. He supports all teams. To Phil it’s all about the kids. They mean the world to him.

Phil also follows former players that play at the college level and goes to their games. They in return make a point to stop in to see him when they are around, and that goes for a lot of boys who have played for him in the past.

The basketball program at Battle Mountain High School will never be the same without Coach Phil Tronsrue. He brought this program up from nothing and has made it into something kids want to be involved in. There will always be a few people who disagree, but is always ready to listen.

Coach has my 100 percent full support because I know I am a better man and coach just knowing and working with him over the past several years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work and dedication all year round.

Coach T., you will be missed.

Josh Olson


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