A former assistant coach for Wright’s linemen will take over for one of Wyoming’s most experienced head coaches this season.

Adam Shankle, who was Wright’s offensive line coach for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, has been selected as the Panthers’ new head coach. He will replace Larry Yeradi, who stepped down after 27 years as the Panthers’ head coach.

Shankle teaches social studies at Gillette’s Sage Valley Junior High. He was selected Thursday, he said in a phone call with wyoming-football.com on Friday.

Shankle moved to Campbell County in 2019 after spending six years as a middle-school line coach in his home state of Ohio. He was a line coach with Sage Valley’s seventh graders last year, he said.

“I’m happy to be back on the sideline in Wright and happy to be back with these boys,” he said. “(I) can’t wait to see what that equates to this season.”

Yeradi said he resigned his football coaching position in part to spend more time with is family and to have the chance to watch his son Dax play football for Chadron State.

Yeradi said he will remain at Wright as co-activities director and head wrestling coach. He will also assist with the football program and with track, as well.

One of Wyoming’s longest-tenured head coaches, Yeradi took over the Wright program in 1995. In his 27 years as head coach, he helped Wright to the playoffs 17 times, including an appearance in the Class 2A championship game in 2005.

Wright was 4-5 last season and was a Class 1A nine-man playoff qualifier.

Yeradi has accounted for more than 70% of the victories in Wright’s program history. He finished with a career record at Wright of 93-139.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlins, Burns, Cokeville, Glenrock, Pinedale, Big Piney, Lusk, Moorcroft, Wind River, Farson and Ten Sleep have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Dan Cheatham, formerly an assistant at Snake River, will be Ten Sleep’s new head football coach this season.

Ten Sleep activities director Ernie Beckley confirmed Cheatham’s hiring via text to wyoming-football.com on Wednesday.

Cheatham takes over a program that has not fielded a team in three of the past four seasons. The Pioneers fielded a team in 2020 but did not have enough players to make a go of it in 2018, 2019 or 2021.

He was a science teacher at Snake River and was an assistant football coach with the Rattlers. He has also previously taught at Cloud Peak Middle School in Manderson. He could not be reached via telephone this week.

Cheatham takes over for Dane Weaver, who was Ten Sleep’s coach in 2020, going 1-7 in his only season.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurnsCokevilleGlenrockPinedaleBig Piney, Lusk, Moorcroft, Wind River and Farson have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Chris Skeen, an assistant with the Lusk football program for the past nine seasons, will be the Tigers’ new head coach this season.

Skeen’s hiring was approved during a meeting of the Niobrara County School District No. 1 board on Monday, Lusk activities director Ryan Nelson said via email to wyoming-football.com Wednesday.

Skeen teaches social studies in Lusk. He replaces Nelson, who recently resigned after seven seasons as the Tigers’ head coach but will remain as the school’s AD. Skeen could not be reached via email Wednesday.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurnsCokevilleGlenrockPinedaleBig PineyMoorcroftWind River and Farson have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Farson has selected a former assistant coach with the program to lead the way this season as head coach.

Ryan Lay, who has been with the Pronghorns for several years as an assistant, was named Farson’s new head coach.

He replaces Trip Applequist, who announced his resignation in March.

Lay’s hiring was formalized in March. He also teaches PE in Farson, which he has done since 2014.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurnsCokevilleGlenrockPinedaleBig PineyMoorcroft and Wind River have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. Lusk is searching for a new head coach. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Lusk’s football team will have a new head coach next season.

Ryan Nelson, who had led the Tigers since 2015, recently resigned as the team’s head coach.

Nelson, a native of Lusk, confirmed his resignation to wyoming-football.com via email on Thursday. Nelson said he will remain at Lusk as activities director and as a special education teacher.

“My responsibilities as AD have changed a bit and I’ll be working on further certification in that area,” Nelson wrote. “I also want to be able to follow my daughter in volleyball over her final two years of high school.”

Nelson’s Tiger teams went a combined 29-30 in his seven seasons, including a Class 1A nine-man runner-up finish in 2020. Lusk finished 6-3 last season, losing in the first round of the nine-man playoffs to Wind River.

The head coaching position was listed as open on the Niobrara County schools website. Niobrara County schools Superintendent George Mirich and high school Principal Robyn Heth did not respond to emails sent this week.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurnsCokevilleGlenrockPinedaleBig PineyMoorcroft and Wind River have hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. The other program in Wyoming seeking a new head coach this year is Farson. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Wind River has named former activities director Rod Frederick as the school’s next head football coach.

Frederick’s hiring was approved during the June 13 meeting of the Fremont County School District No. 6 board, board documents show, and Principal Justin Walker verified the hiring via email to wyoming-football.com on Wednesday.

Frederick teaches first grade at Wind River Elementary.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurnsCokeville, GlenrockPinedaleBig Piney and Moorcroft have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. The other program in Wyoming seeking a new head coach this year is Farson. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Carl Federer, a 17-year veteran of the Glenrock football program, will take over as the Herders’ new head coach in 2022.

Federer confirmed his hiring via email Monday with wyoming-football.com.

His hiring was completed at the May 26 meeting of the Converse County School District No. 2 board. Federer was part of the coaching staff on Glenrock’s last state championship in 2008.

Glenrock, a Class 2A East program, finished 2-7 last season. Federer takes over for Paul Downing, who was the Herders’ coach for one season.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurnsCokevillePinedaleBig Piney and Moorcroft have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are Wind River and Farson. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Former Rawlins head coach Clayton McSpadden will take over the same position at Moorcroft this fall.

Moorcroft activities director Dusty Petz verified McSpadden’s hiring via email with wyoming-football.com on Saturday. Crook County School District No. 1 board documents show McSpadden was hired to teach PE at Moorcroft’s secondary school on May 16.

McSpadden resigned as Rawlins’ head coach earlier this year after four seasons leading the Outlaws.

He will replace Travis Santistevan, who resigned to teach and coach in Baker, Montana.

Moorcroft, a Class 1A nine-man program, went 0-8 last season.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurns, CokevillePinedale and Big Piney have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are GlenrockWind River and Farson. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Cokeville wrestling coach Marty Linford has been hired as the new head football coach at Cokeville

Linford’s hiring was finalized at the March 6 meeting of the Lincoln County School District No. 2 board, board documentation shows.

Linford has been Cokeville’s wrestling coach for 22 years, helping the Panthers win seven state championships in that time. He was the National Wrestling Coaches Association’s national high school wrestling coach of the year in 2012.

He replaces Todd Dayton, who was Cokeville’s head coach for 42 seasons and finished his career as Wyoming’s all-time leading coach in terms of victories and championships.

Cokeville, playing a Class 2A schedule despite having the enrollment of a Class 1A six-man program, finished 5-4 and ended its season in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs last year.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurns, Pinedale and Big Piney have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are Glenrock, Moorcroft, Wind River and Farson. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Jeromy Moffat, a graduate of Big Piney High School, will be the Punchers’ next head football coach.

Moffat was formally named the head coach for Big Piney at the Sublette County School District No. 9 meeting on May 17, the Sublette Examiner reported.

Moffat graduated from Big Piney in 1997 and played college football at Black Hills State.

He was an assistant with the Big Piney program the past few years, serving as quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to coach my alma mater,” Moffat wrote in an email to wyoming-football.com on Tuesday. “I love Big Piney Football, the kids at Big Piney High School and the people of the community. It’s a unique situation as every member of my staff is an alum of Big Piney with multiple state championships as players.”

Big Piney will transition from Class 2A to Class 1A nine-man this year, and Moffat said he is looking forward to building a nine-man game plan “from the ground up.”

He replaces Ryan Visser, who recently took a head coaching job in Utah.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurns and Pinedale have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are Cokeville, Glenrock, Moorcroft, Wind River and Farson. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

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