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

By comparing missing first names of coaches on the Coaches Project to names available on the season recaps at wyoming-basketball.com, I updated the following first names:

Big Piney 1939: R.W. Duggan
Big Piney 1943: Harry Magee (also updated to correct spelling for Reliance 1945)
Glenrock 1933: Vaden Rock
Guernsey 1934 (and 1930): Ray Frink
Lyman 1941: Lawrence Slater
Manville 1932: Jess Ekdall (also updated to correct spelling for Lusk 1933 and 1934)
Manville 1941: Thurman Chase

–patrick

Both leading up to and after Sunday’s Super Bowl, I saw several stories about Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid being the NFL coach with the most victories who had never won a Super Bowl.

As with most things I see, I took this bit of information and applied it to Wyoming high school football — who’s the coach in Wyoming who has the most victories without a state championship?

After thumbing through the numbers, I realized it was Pete Petranovich. The coach in Douglas from 1943-68, Petranovich had 115 career victories, right now good for 20th in state history. His teams finished with two runner-up finishes (in 1952 and 1959) but no titles.

Second on the list is Tony Gamble, who was the head coach at Guernsey-Sunrise from 1967-81 and at Wright from 1985-86. His 93 victories ranks 33rd. Like Petranovich, Gamble’s teams finished as state runners-up twice, in 1976 and 1985.

The coach with the most victories without a state title or championship game appearance is the victim of bad timing. Andy Johnson was one of Wyoming’s best coaches in the 1960s and 1970s, notching 82 victories while leading Hanna (1962-65) and Basin (1966-76). But his teams never finished higher than third in final statewide poll; the only time he led his team to a playoff appearance was in 1975. However, playoffs didn’t exist for Class B schools until 1975, so making a championship game was impossible for the bulk of Johnson’s coaching career in Wyoming.

–patrick

Green River will search for a new football coach for the 2020 season.

Wyopreps.com reported Thursday that Marty Wrage, who had coached the Wolves the past two seasons, will not return as Green River’s head coach. Wyopreps reported a statement from Green River activities director Anthony Beardsley indicating the change.

It was unclear whether Wrage’s departure was mutual. An email sent to Wrage late Thursday was not immediately returned.

Green River finished 2-6 each of the past two seasons. Prior to Green River, Wrage coached in Greybull, where he finished 27-12 over four seasons, including a Class 2A runner-up finish in 2016. He was also previously the head football coach in Ogallala, Nebraska.

Class 3A Riverton and 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

Midwest is looking for a new head football coach, a post from the school on Facebook said Wednesday:

Midwest finished 1-7 last season but had to forfeit its final four games due to low numbers.

Dean Kelly was Midwest’s coach for the 2019 season, taking on the responsibility shortly before the start of the season after former coach Ken Swieter joined the staff at Kelly Walsh.

Riverton 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

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