When you think about all the great sports legends from Montana she should be at the top of the list. We all know the accomplishments of people like Jan Stenerud, Dave McNally, etc but when it comes to coaching It has to be Iona Stookey.

The dedicated volleyball coach from Huntley just won her 13th state B championship not to mention the other times her teams have qualified for state. Her passion and dedication to her girls, school, and volleyball program are unmatched. Her unselfish time and efforts in all of the girls starting in grade school on up is a true testimonial of her love for the game and the people she coaches.

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If anyone in any sport needs a  lesson on what it takes to build a program, it's right in front of you. She has always been a fighter and a champion. A true competitor. I know after I beat her in Ping Pong in Mexico one year she refused to let me off the hook until she beat me and she did. It's the same way she approached cancer a few years ago, made her mind up at that point that it wasn't going to beat her, and she beat that too.

I've known Iona for a lot of years and although we are distanced now I still find myself marveling at her consistency and love for her sport and athletes. If there ever was a real coaching legend in the State of Montana she would be at the top of my list. Congratulations Iona, Keep leading the way.

LOOK: 50 images of winning moments from sports history

Sometimes images are the best way to honor the figures we've lost. When tragedy swiftly reminds us that sports are far from the most consequential thing in life, we can still look back on an athlete's winning moment that felt larger than life, remaining grateful for their sacrifice on the court and bringing joy to millions.

Read on to explore the full collection of 50 images Stacker compiled showcasing various iconic winning moments in sports history. Covering achievements from a multitude of sports, these images represent stunning personal achievements, team championships, and athletic perseverance.

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