Name: Andrew Marcure

Age: 30

Where you work:

Big Horn Middle School/High School

What you do:

MS/HS business/computers teacher, high school assistant football coach, head indoor track coach, assistant high school outdoor track coach

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Charlo, Montana, which is located in the northwest corner of the state. Spent many of my childhood days at my parent’s grocery store (Charlo Grocery…real original, right!?) stocking shelves and scooping ice cream. I attended Charlo Schools and graduated in 2006.

If you attended college, where and what did you study?

I attended The University of Montana-Western in Dillon, Montana. I graduated with a degree in secondary education with a double major in business/computers ed and K-12 PE/health. Montana-Western was an outstanding little college where I was involved with sports and the school — kept me busy for sure!

How did you end up teaching and coaching in Big Horn?

I had an interest to teach in Wyoming toward the end of my schooling at UMW. I applied all across the state — from Encampment and Pinedale to Evanston and Thermopolis. Mr. George Mirich called me for a job interview the spring of 2012. I am truly lucky that Big Horn schools chose me because it felt like I was the perfect fit for the job. I hit the jackpot right out of college.

You get to work with kids from all kinds of backgrounds. What is something that’s popular among kids that you just don’t understand?

This is a tough one! Hearing students complain about school/life when they just don’t understand how good they have it. I imagine I complained about school as well to my teachers and peers, but Big Horn students have it pretty good in my opinion.

Coaches are sometimes undervalued and harassed. How has the community of Big Horn supported its coaches? Has it been a good experience? Why or why not?

One of the best things about coaching out in Big Horn is most definitely the community, parents and the great families our student/athletes come from — we have the utmost support from them. It’s worth its weight in gold having that as a cornerstone regardless of the sport or activity. I feel that our success in activities at Big Horn schools comes from the unyielding trust and support the parents and families of the Big Horn community put into its sports programs and their coaches.

What coaching advice do you lean on the most when working with student athletes?

Trust. Building solid player/coach relationships with the athletes is key. If an athlete believes in the philosophy and expectations the coach has set in place and can trust it is going to put them in the best position to be successful, there isn’t anything they can’t achieve. I also let it be known to each athlete that I care about them and their futures on and off the field.

What has been the most surprising thing that you’ve experienced as a coach?

Another tough one! I have been lucky to be a part of some great teams and coaching staffs in my six years at Big Horn. I think the most surprising thing that I have experienced while coaching would probably be the overall progress of an athlete. I know that it sounds expected for an athlete to progress to an efficient senior or an standout All-State caliber kid, but some of the best memories and favorite parts of coaching have been seeing the “where they started” and “where they finished” spots. Whether it was an Andrew Ratty or Max Lube in football or a Travis Walker, McKenzie Greenelsh or Cassidy Enloe in track and field. The progress that an athlete makes is probably the most surprising/best part.

What’s your favorite sports movie? Why?

My favorite sports movie is probably “The Sandlot.” So many classic one-liners and it is so iconic that I think that everyone has watched it a couple times. The humor of the characters is something that I can relate to.

Did you play sports as a kid? Which ones and what was your experience like?

I played football, basketball and track as a kid. My favorite sports and coaches were the football and track coaches. Football and track were sports which I found to love the process of and enjoyed working for. The coaches got the best out of me, and they left a lasting impression. Basketball was an experience, and I am glad that it turned out the way it did. “And that’s all I have to say about that…” (in my Forest Gump voice)

What situations do you celebrate the most and why?

It has to be when an athlete reaches goals. When I see them beat a personal record or overcome a challenge, that’s a moment to be celebrated. It takes such a delicate balance of pushing an athlete as far as they can go, but also being supportive if they fall short or encounter obstacles. So when they reach that point which we’ve put so much time and effort in together to achieve, it’s one of the best feelings in the world.