Coach Overstreet

Ennis head coach Jordan Overstreet, a former All-State player at Three Forks, gives instructions to Payton Fortner (4) and Wrenzi Wrzesinski (00) during a game at the season-opening Manhattan Back Tip-Off Tournament Dec. 11-12.

Jordan Overstreet has begun a coaching career following a brilliant high school and college basketball career. The former Three Forks High School standout shined as a prep athlete, then played for the University of Montana-Western in Dillon.

Now, Overstreet has re-invented himself as the head coach of the girls basketball team at Ennis High.

While playing at Three Forks, Overstreet helped lead the Wolves to a pair of appearances at the state Class B tournament. The Wolves won a divisional championship when he was a junior, then both the district and divisional crowns when he was a senior. Overstreet also helped the school’s football team make a rare postseason appearance in 2009.

Overstreet was awarded a scholarship to continue his basketball and education at Montana-Western where he played for veteran coach Steve Keller. Keller has had a successful career as a coach. He led the Opheim girls basketball team to three straight state Class C championships from 1983-85, then went to Helena where he guided the girls team to two Class AA titles in 1990-91 and 1997. Keller has a high school coaching record of 610-180.

“He’s kind of wild, but at the same time he’s a great coach,” said Overstreet. “He expects the best out of his players. That’s why he’s been so successful, because he gets the best out of his players. And everybody plays extremely hard for him. That’s why we win ball games.”

Montana-Western has played at the national tournament in Kansas City, Miss. five of the past six years. The Bulldogs made it to the Sweet 16 in 2014-15 and the Elite Eight in 2013.

Overstreet noted that playing college ball was a great learning experience.

“It was as blast,” he said. “Going to the national tournament three times, Sweet 16 twice and elite eight once, I couldn’t have asked for a better time.”  

Overstreet was a starter for three years in college as a shooting guard. He noted it was a rewarding experience that every athlete should have provided they’re willing to put in the time.

“Work extremely hard. Hard work it is what it is. If you don’t work hard, you’re not going to get where you want to be,” Overstreet said. “You have to put time in the gym. It’s an every day thing. It’s not every once in a while. If you want to be a college basketball player it’s every single day. You have to get after it and if you don’t you’re not going to make it as a college basketball player. Basketball has taught me many life lessons.”

Overstreet’s senior year of college he was a student teacher at Ennis where his father, John, was the superintendent. The elder Overstreet retired from Three Forks, and then went to work three years Ennis before retiring again.

While student teaching at Ennis, the girls’ head basketball coaching position came open as well as the third grade teaching position. Overstreet took advantage of that opportunity.

“I was looking to maybe being a college assistant coach somewhere or looking to being a high school assistant somewhere,” Overstreet explained. “But I was teaching in Ennis and the coaching job came open. I couldn’t be more excited. It’s a great opportunity. I have great girls. They work extremely hard. It’s a whole bunch of fun.”

Overstreet earned his first career win at the Manhattan Bank Tip Off Tournament Dec. 11-12. Ennis beat Class B Conrad, 32-27, which was the season opener for the Mustangs.

Prior to that first victory, Overstreet got to know his players over the summer both at open gym and at tournaments.

“It was a great summer,” he said. “They understood what I expected and kept on doing it.”