Some updates to the site:

I added a page for the annual award winners from the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Some coaching updates:

Added Midwest’s coach for 1940; it was Henry Hartwell.

Also added the first name for Laramie’s coach in 1923; it was Stewart Clark. It’s the same Stewart Clark who later went on to be the basketball coach at UW later in the 1920s.

All the updates have been made on all the relevant pages.

–patrick

Fewer new coaches were hired in the 2020 offseason than in any season in more than 20 years.

With only seven new head coaches statewide — Kevin Cuthbertson at Green River, Joe Campbell at Midwest, Chase Kistler at Powell, Greg Mendenhall at Riverside, Troy Anderson at Riverton, Dane Weaver at Ten Sleep and Patrick Sweeney at Worland — Wyoming has fewer new head coaches than in any year since 1997.

In 1997, as well as in 1996 and 1985, only six new head coaches were hired statewide, although Wyoming did have fewer football programs at those times.

Since 1997, the number of new head football coaches statewide has varied between eight and 14 in any given year. There were 14 new head coaches prior to both the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

–patrick

Ten Sleep has selected Dane Weaver to be its football coach this season.

Ten Sleep activities director Sarah Novak confirmed Weaver’s hiring via email Thursday to wyoming-football.com. In a separate email, Weaver said his hiring was made official Monday.

Weaver has been at Ten Sleep for the past three years and has been an assistant football coach for the Pioneers.

He was Wyoming’s teacher of the year for 2020. He teaches social studies at Ten Sleep.

The Pioneers, a Class 1A six-man team, have not fielded a team in either of the past two years due to low numbers. Practice for 3A, 2A and 1A teams starts Monday.

Four Class 3A programs — Green RiverPowellRiverton and Worland — as well as Class 1A nine-man Riverside and Class 1A six-man Midwest have also hired new head coaches since the end of last season.

–patrick

This post was updated at 5:20 p.m. Aug. 13 to note Weaver’s hiring day.

The Riverside football program will have a new head coach for the 2020 season.

Greg Mendenhall, the Rebels’ junior high head football coach the past two years, will be recommended to be the high school program’s head coach when the Big Horn County School District No. 4 board meets on July 14.

Mendenhall takes over for Sam Buck, who resigned after seven seasons as head coach to take a special education teaching position in Cody.

In an interview Monday with wyoming-football.com, Mendenhall said his coaching experience is mostly with six-man football; he was the head coach in Terry, Mont., for three years before coming to Riverside three years ago. He also spent four years as an assistant coach at Terry and also coached track.

He teaches science at Riverside Middle School.

Buck took over as Riverside’s head coach midway through the 2013 season. Buck’s teams finished a combined 26-33, qualifying for the playoffs in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2016, the Rebels moved to six-man, but were ineligible for the playoffs each of the past four seasons.

Riverside finished 5-3 last season. Only one senior graduated from that team.

In an interview last week with wyoming-football.com, Buck said he also resigned his position as Riverside’s head girls basketball coach. Buck held that position position from 2011-13 and again from 2017-20. He said he will not be coaching in Cody but would like to return to coaching eventually.

Four Class 3A programs — Green RiverPowellRiverton and Worland — and Class 1A six-man Midwest have also hired new head coaches since the end of last season. If you know of other head coaching changes statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Joe Campbell, who has spent several years as a youth football coach in Casper, will be the new head football coach at Midwest.

The school announced Campbell’s selection on its Facebook page on Wednesday.

Campbell, a Casper native, has spent 12 years coaching as part of the Casper Midget Football Association, the school’s post said.

Campbell replaces Dean Kelly, who was the Oilers’ head coach for one season.

Midwest, a Class 1A six-man program, finished the 2019 season 1-7 after forfeiting its final four games due to low numbers.

Four Class 3A programs — Green RiverPowellRiverton and Worland — have also hired new head coaches since the end of last season. If you know of other head coaching changes statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Worland has promoted assistant coach Patrick Sweeney to the head coach position.

Sweeney was previously a defensive assistant with the Warriors, wyopreps.com reported.

Sweeney replaces Ryan Utterback. Utterback will stay on the staff as an assistant, wyopreps.com’s report said. In three years as head coach, Utterback led the Warriors to three playoff berths and a combined 10-17 record.

Class 3A programs Green River, Powell and Riverton have also hired new head coaches since the end of last season. Class 1A six-man Midwest is also seeking a new head coach for 2020. If you know of other head coaching changes statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Chase Kistler will be the new head football coach at Powell, the Powell Tribune has reported.

The paper said Kistler will transition from being the head boys basketball coach to the head football coach. Kistler had been an assistant football coach at Powell and had been the head boys basketball coach since the 2013-14 school year.

Kistler takes over for Aaron Papich, who resigned after being the Panthers’ head coach the past two seasons.

Powell reached the Class 3A championship game last season and finished 7-5.

Class 3A programs Green River and Riverton have also hired new head coaches since the end of last season. Class 1A six-man Midwest is also seeking a new head coach for 2020. If you know of other head coaching changes statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Riverton assistant football coach Troy Anderson has been promoted to be school’s new head football coach, wyopreps.com has reported.

Citing a news release from Riverton high school, Wyopreps said Anderson had been an assistant coach with the Wolverines the past four years, most recently coaching the offensive and defensive lines.

Anderson is serving overseas as part of the Wyoming National Guard right now and will coordinate his coaching efforts from there until his return in June, Wyopreps said.

Anderson takes over for Pat Patterson, who resigned after last season. Patterson had coached the Wolverines for seven seasons, finishing 27-39, including 4-6 last season.

Fellow Class 3A programs Powell and Green River have also hired new head coaches since the end of last season. Class 1A six-man Midwest is also seeking a new head coach for 2020. If you know of other head coaching changes statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Green River alumnus Kevin Cuthbertson, who’s been an assistant football coach with the Wolves, has been named the program’s head coach.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported Cuthbertson’s hiring on Monday.

Cuthbertson graduated from Green River High School in 1991 and played collegiately at Southern Utah University. He told the Star-Tribune he had been an assistant coach with the Wolves for about a decade, working with previous head coaches Don Maggi and Marty Wrage.

Green River went 2-6 last season.

Other Class 3A programs Powell and Riverton as well as Class 1A six-man Midwest are also seeking a new head coach for 2020. If you know of other head coaching changes statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Powell football coach Aaron Papich has resigned after two years leading the Panthers, wyopreps.com has reported.

Papich was Powell’s head coach the past two years. He helped Powell to a Class 3A runner-up finish last year. Powell went 7-5 last year and 2-7 in 2018.

Papich previously coached in Riverton, Burlington and Casper as well as in Montana. He is the head coach for the North team in the 2020 Shrine Bowl.

Other Class 3A programs Green River and Riverton as well as Class 1A six-man Midwest are also seeking a new head coach for 2020. If you know of other head coaching changes statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

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