The George Bandy Memorial Conference All-Sports Award
The George Bandy Memorial Conference All-Sports Award is presented annually in the spring to the conference school who has amassed the most points awarded based on league finish in each sport.
Members of the Frontier Conference include Carroll College in Helena, Mont.; Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho; Montana State University-Northern in Havre, Mont.; Montana Tech in Butte, Mont.; Montana Western in Dillon, Mont. and Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. University of Great Falls in Great Falls, Montana; Associate Members for football only include College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho; Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Ore. and Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Ore.
Frontier athletes compete in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross-country, football, men's and women's golf, and volleyball .
The All-Sports trophy is named in honor of the first Commissioner of the Frontier Conference, Dr. George Bandy, his Cheryl Ann and their eight-year-old son Michael, whom they had just adopted, died tragically in a boating accident in the summer of 1982 when their 14-foot sailboat overturned in high winds on Canyon Ferry Reservoir of Helena.
The majority of Bandy's 56-years of life was devoted to education. He graduated in 1944 from Folsom High School in Folsom, Calif. and immediately entered the U.S. Navy serving two years. Bandy earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Sacramento State College in 1950 and 1953, respectively. He earned his doctorate in the education from the University of Montana in 1967.
Bandy began his teaching career at Grant Union High School in Sacramento and in 1952 he moved to the Treasure State to coach and teach at Belgrade High School.
He then joined the faculty of Northern Montana College (now Montana State-Northern) in 1956 where he became the Light's first football coach. During his tenure at Northern, he also served as the Lights baseball coach and assistant men's basketball coach. Over the years, Bandy served as athletic director, student teaching director, graduate school director, dean of education and vice president. In July 1975 Bandy was named acting president.
One year later, Bandy went to Western Montana College (now the University of Montana Western) as interim president until July 1978. He left Western to accept the position of Chief Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education. Bandy served as acting commissioner from September 1978 to the end of June 1979 when he retired. A physical fitness advocate, Bandy also was a long-distance runner who took up running 26-mile marathons after the age of 50.
The George Bandy Memorial Frontier Conference All-Sports Award was first presented following the 1982-83 sports season.
Bandy Award Winners - Years
1982-1983 Western Montana
1983-1984 Western Montana
1984-1985 Northern Montana
1985-1986 Western Montana
1987-1988 Montana Tech
1988-1989 Western Montana
1989-1990 Montana Tech
1990-1991 Montana Tech
1992-1993 Montana Tech
1993-1994 Carroll College
1994-1995 Carroll College
1995-1996 Carroll College
1996-1997 Carroll College
1997-1998 Rocky Mountain College
1998-1999 Rocky Mountain College
1999-2000 Lewis-Clark State College
2000-2001 Rocky Mountain College
2001-2002 University of Montana Western
2002-2003 University of Montana Western
2003-2004 Rocky Mountain College
2004-2005 Carroll College
2005-2006 Lewis-Clark State College
2006-2007 Lewis-Clark State College
2007-2008 Carroll College
2008-2009 Rocky Mountain College
2009-2010 Carroll College
2010-2011 Carroll College
2011-2012 Carroll College
2012-2013 Carroll College
2013-2014 Rocky Mountain College
2014-2015 Carroll College
2015-2016 Lewis-Clark State College