Flaten Selected Overall Montana AD of the Year

Glasgow High School (AD) Athletic Director and Irle School Assistant Principal, Brenner Flaten wears many hats, not just for the school district but for the community, his family and the Montana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA). In addition to his already numerous responsibilities and awards, he was recently recognized by the MIAAA as the 2022 Montana Overall AD of the Year. Annually, the MIAAA recognizes an AD of the Year in each of the four classifications (AA, A, B, and C) as well as an overall selection. The General AD of the Year is an all-class recognition composed of 182 member schools.

“I only found out a few days before the ceremony when the president called me,” Flaten said. “I had to hire someone to introduce me and I wanted to ask Mr Sundby right away [superintendent of Glasgow Schools]. It came as a complete surprise as I don’t expect any awards or recognition for working in this position.”

This is Flaten’s ninth year as an AD at Glasgow Schools and 16th year in public education as he spent seven years teaching and training in Wyoming before returning home. A 2002 Glasgow High School graduate, he knew before graduating high school that he wanted to pursue athletics and activities. “As a sophomore, I knew I wanted to be a coach. I wanted to go to college to be a teacher and play soccer. While training and teaching in Wyoming, I had the opportunity to complete my Masters in School Administration to become a principal and AD. I was fortunate to complete my Masters degree five months before I started working in Glasgow,” explained Flaten. In addition to his normal work duties, he has also served as Tournament Director for 46 post-season events for the Montana High School Association (MHSA) for the past nine years , including playoff soccer, district and division volleyball, basketball, track and field, as well as wrestling, softball and golf.

He is also deeply involved in the community, is co-director of the Chatten Memorial and John Hahn tournaments at Fort Peck, has been the founder and tournament director of the Milk River Classic for 24 years, and serves as vice president on the board of directors of the Montana Catfish Association and is the chair of the Scottie Field Recharged Committee. He is also a member of the Two Rivers and Glasgow Chambers of Commerce and Agriculture and serves on a number of different committees. In addition to all of these responsibilities, he also supports his family of wife Allison and four girls ranging in age from seven months to seven years, among many others.

“Even though I was named AD of the Year, my wife is Woman of the Decade. She is in my corner all the time and gives me great support. My wife is flexible and absolutely fantastic. She supports me because she knows this is my passion. Three of my girls are old enough to attend and attend all the home events in their plaids every weekend. They don’t know anything else,” Flaten explained of raising another generation of Scottie pride. “They say they have three houses, the house, the high school, and the wrestling building.”

In the fall of 2021, Flaten became only the fourth Montana AD in history to receive Certified Master Athletic Administrator designation from the National Interscholastic Athletic Association. He is also the current President of District 2B and Vice President of the Class B Association. He is currently Chair of the MCA Clinic and a member of numerous national committees. He is the Past President of the NE MIAAA Chapter, where he was honored as the region’s AD of the Year in 2017-18.

“I am a senior member of District 2B and Northern B. I so want to be there for the state and for younger ADs. It’s my way of helping and giving back. I would like to bring a level of professional development to help ADs hone their craft or bring other ideas and bring people closer at a national level. Being AD is difficult because of the position. It takes time and makes many demands on nights, evenings and weekends. Having an AD in the position 10 years is a rarity,” Flaten told the Courier.

His dedication and hard work certainly shows, because at the end of their annual meeting in Missoula, he was not only voted All-Montana AD of the Year, but also moved from the position of Class B Director to President of the statewide organization.

The MIAAA has been awarding AD of the Year since 1977. Flaten is only the second District 2B Conference athletic director to win overall AD of the year in Montana. Scott King of Malta High School received the same recognition in 2017. Glasgow High School has had only one other award winner in the past 47 years, Bob Farrell was All-Montana AD of the Year 1980 when the Scotties attended the Eastern A Conference.