Varsity Linebackers, Defensive Coordinator, & Head Coach
Coach Chandler was born and raised in the Gallatin Valley. He was a star high school player & Captain for an undefeated state championship team. He ended up accepting a scholarship to Montana State University-Northern in Havre, MT. He was a star defensive back for the Northern Lights & a multiple time team captain during his college career. He played for Coach Mark Samson and Kyle Samson during his time at Northern. He quickly began his coaching career by accepting a varsity defensive backs and wide receivers position for Coach Samson at Havre High. They turned the program around and took the Blue Ponies to the Class A state semifinals. He then moved back down to the Gallatin Valley to teach & coach. Coach Chandler has been a part of multiple championship teams as both an athlete and coach. He has also coached multiple all state & college football players. He currently teaches weight training & health enhancement at Gallatin High. Coach Chandler loves to exercise, be outdoors, and spend time with his family. He is married to his beautiful wife Cydney Chandler.
Defensive Line & Run Game Coordinator
Originally grew up in Chinook, MT before moving to Colstrip. Coach Yates was a 3x state champ shot put thrower, 3x state champ wrestler, & a 3x all-state football player for the Colstrip Colts. He ended up receiving a scholarship to Montana State University out of high school. He was a star defensive lineman during his college career for the Cats. Coach Yates graduated with a K-12 health and physical education degree from Montana State. He currently works with the health enhancement and special education departments at Gallatin High School.
Coach Salvat was born in Los Angeles, CA and transferred to Joliet, Montana for High School. He was a two-sport athlete participating in football as well as track and field, honored as an All-State selection in both sports as a junior and senior. After High School, Coach Salvat attended Orange Coast College where he played running back before transferring to Montana State University to pursue a degree in kinesiology. Holding records in the weight room led Coach Salvat into pursuing a career in strength and conditioning. In his free time he volunteers for a non-profit Big Sky Bravery, working with Special Operations soldiers. He currently competes in Olympic Weightlifting for a chance to compete for Team USA. He most recently won the U25 National Championship in the 96kg division in 2019.
Offensive Line & Offensive Coordinator
Coach Flynn grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa. Where he began playing football in fourth grade for the Rising Knights Football program. Once in high school, he played football for the Bettendorf Bulldogs. He was an all-state selection as an offensive and defensive lineman during his senior season. The Bulldogs never finished out of the top four in the state of Iowa during his high school career. Coach Flynn also participated in basketball, baseball, and threw shot and disc for the track team. After high school, he was blessed with the opportunity to play football for Jason McEndoo at Montana State University. Coach Flynn was a 4 year starter for the bobcats, and a 4 time all conference selection, two time first team selection and a two time third team selection. His senior year was the start of the Four-peat against Montana. He was also selected as a 2nd team all American. After completion of his college career he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Francisco 49ers. He was on the practice squad when he tore his left patellar tendon. He came back and was re-signed to a second season when he re-injured his left knee once again during training camp. He spent the season on the injured reserve and continued to try and rehab his knee but was unable to do so. He now loves hanging with his girlfriend Carolyn, and her three kids, Callie, Markie, and Henry. When he is not chasing them around to basketball tournaments, baseball practices, or Beauty and the Beast plays, he loves to work out and hit the surrounding rivers and fly fish. Go Raptors! #FEEDTHEPACK
Coach Donaghey joins the staff after 14 years of coaching youth sports all across the Gallatin Valley. He got his start coaching Lions Club football. In addition to coaching Lions Club at 2 different time periods, he has coached youth basketball, soccer, baseball and fastpitch softball. Coach Donaghey played wide receiver at New Mexico Highlands University, an NCAA Division II school in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, where he was a 3 time Academic All Conference athlete, and a 1 time All-Conference Wide Receiver and Academic All District 6 player. Coach Donaghey moved to Montana in 1998 with his wife, Kristie, who he has been married to for 24 years, and they have two children, Wesley and Isabella
Coach Croy was a 4 year Letter award winner from 2014-1017, as well as a two time State Runner-up in football at Huntley Project High School. While leading the Red Devils from the quarterback position, his team compiled a record of 39-7. Croy was a versatile player and played wherever he was needed for the Red Devils throughout his career. He received the Huntley Project MVP his Senior year, Class B All-Star game Offensive MVP, played in the Shrine Bowl and earned multiple post-season awards. Coach Croy started out his coaching career as a student manager for three seasons at Montana State University. He gained invaluable experience and knowledge while working with the football coaching staff. He is going into his second season as the varsity quarterbacks coach for Gallatin High.
Varsity Defensive Backs
Coach Codding was a star high school player and a part of an undefeated state championship team his senior year. Coach Codding has coached at the middle school level, freshman level, and varsity level in the Gallatin Valley. He is going into his second year with the Raptors. Coach Codding likes to be active, get outside, and spend time with his family.
Freshman Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, Offensive & Defensive Line
Gallatin Valley born! Coach Huttinger spent 25 years in the Arizona Desert as a 4 year varsity starter. He was also proud to represent Arizona as a champion in multiple Future Educators of America competitions.That passion for kids never left and Coach spent 4 years coaching OL and DL in Phoenix at a Title 1 school; where culture and building character took priority. His philosophy is to develop a strong mind, a relentless work ethic and an undeniable passion to be the best person you can be! Working operations in Big Sky for a 5-Star Property Management company, Coach is coming into his first year coaching the Freshman Raptor OL/DL.
Linebackers, Running Backs, & Defensive Coordinator
Coach Wolfgang was born and raised in California where he started playing football in sixth grade. He was a star running back & linebacker on an undefeated state championship team. He earned first team all league running back and first team all league linebacker. Coach Wolfgang continued to have a passion for football so he started coaching in 2014. Through his years of coaching he has coached defensive backs, linebackers, wide receivers, running backs, and has been defensive coordinator. During his seven years of coaching, his teams have won three championships. He’s passionate about youth/high school sports and the life lessons and values it teaches young adults. Football is more than the “game” to him. It’s about building confidence, toughness, dedication, commitment, and learning to sacrifice for your team, which is your family. He believes it also teaches athletes that nothing is guaranteed in life but with determination, commitment, and work ethic, anything is achievable. Coach Wolfgang is entering his second season as our freshman running backs and linebackers coach. He is also our freshman defensive coordinator.
Freshman Quarterbacks and Defensive Backs Coach
Coach Michels was born and raised in Shepherd, Montana. In high school he was a 3-year captain for the Shepherd Mustangs and was awarded All-Conference his junior and senior year. Michels led the Mustangs to their first playoff appearance in 8 years his senior year. Other than football, Michels excelled in basketball and track and field. Following his senior year, Michels enrolled at MSU to pursue a degree in Business Management. He is currently a senior at MSU finishing his Business degree as well as a certification in Welding Technology through Gallatin College. He is super excited to start his coaching career at Gallatin High School. While not in class or on the field, Michels likes to spend his time outdoors or at the gym.
Freshman Wide Receivers & Defensive Backs
Coach Jackson grew up in Cody, WY where he was a three sport athlete throughout high school. Coach Jackson received All-Conference Accolades for football during his junior and senior year. After high school he played wide receiver for Carroll College before moving to Bozeman to pursue a degree in Health and Human Performance. Coach Jackson is also a certified personal trainer and loves the outdoors.