Greybull coach Justin Bernhardt has resigned after two years leading the Buffaloes, the Greybull Standard reported.
Bernhardt was Greybull’s coach for two years and compiled a 7-11 record.
No replacement has been named.
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After 18 years as head coach for Cheyenne Central, coach Brick Cegelski resigned Monday, the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reported.
Cheyenne Central football coach Brick Cegelski has resigned after 18 years as the Indians’ head coach. #wyosports
— Jeremiah Johnke (@jjohnke) November 11, 2013
Cegelski was the Indians’ head coach for 18 years, going 85-87 since 1996. He led Central to the playoffs in 16 of those 18 seasons, including a state championship in 2005 and a runner-up finish in 2009.
Cegelski’s 85 career victories was sixth among active coaches.
Cegelski is a Cheyenne native and was an all-state quarterback for the Indians in 1979.
He is the second coach to resign so far this offseason, joining Rock Springs’ Tom Jassman.
Rock Springs coach Tom Jassman resigned Tuesday as head football coach of Rock Springs.
Jassman had been the head coach of the Tigers the past three seasons. Rock Springs went 6-24 the past three seasons and 1-8 in 2013 but did qualify for the playoffs in 2011 and 2012.
Jassman said via email he resigned because the three-year commitment he had made to the program was complete. He said he made a promise to his wife to coach for only three seasons.
A replacement has not yet been named.
Sam Buck has taken over as head coach for Riverside, the Basin Republican-Rustler reported.
Buck took over for Ted Holmstrom prior to the Rebels’ loss to Lusk last week.
Holmstrom had previously coached at Laramie and Lyman. He was in his first year with the Rebels.
Wyopreps.com reported the change. Riverside AD Shane Schaffner told Wyopreps he could not share the reason why Holmstrom was no longer the coach. A story in the Lusk Herald about the game hinted Holmstrom was fired.
Riverside plays at Cokeville this week.
Todd Dayton, quite simply, IS Cokeville football.
Most people, including everyone who’s come through the Panther football program in the past three-plus decades, would have trouble envisioning the Panthers without Dayton in charge.
But is it possible that Dayton’s success — and, conversely, Cokeville’s rise as a dynasty spanning multiple decades — could have belonged to another program?
Chances are extremely good that Dayton never wanted any other coaching job other than the one he has now. The Cokeville ties are strong in the Dayton family, and the two are synonymous now. A Cokeville native who was 28 when he took over the Panther program, Dayton took over the program in 1980 and has since piled up an impressive resume — he’s coached more victories (272), more state championships (18) and more games (323) than any coach in state history, and his winning percentage of .842 (272-51) is the highest mark among Wyoming coaches with more than 50 victories. The only record he doesn’t have is total seasons; with 33 seasons coached (2013 is his 34th), Dayton is second only to John E. Deti, who coached 35 seasons (33 in Laramie and one each in Shoshoni and Meeteetse) and held every major coaching record in the state before Dayton came along.
However, consider this: In all, 19 Wyoming high school football programs hired new football coaches prior to the 1980 season. Some worked out well; some didn’t. Every single one of those 19 schools had the chance to hire Dayton. Only one of those 19 schools has won 18 state championships since 1980.
What’s amazing is that several southwestern schools (Evanston, Mountain View, Lyman and Cokeville’s south Lincoln County rival Kemmerer) also hired head coaches prior to 1980. How might Wyoming’s coaching landscape worked out differently if Dayton had decided to stay CLOSE to home rather than to stay AT home?
Hindsight is 20-20, of course, but to help put Dayton’s coaching career in perspective, let’s take a look at how the other 18 head coaching changes prior to the 1980 season worked out:
Burns: Hired Doug Samuels to replace Bob Brewington. Samuels lasted one year and went 2-5.
Evanston: Hired Kay Fackrell, who at the time was head coach in Lyman, to replace Larry Sanich. Fackrell became the winningest coach in Evanston history, going 92-65 in 18 years with the Red Devils, and won two state championships, including one in his final year of 1997. Fackrell remained Evanston’s AD for several more years after stepping down from the head football position.
Gillette: Hired Jim Galt to replace Jim Bujol. Galt went 7-11 in two years with the Camels.
Greybull: Hired Rick Case to take over for Mike Loose, who left to coach at Pine Bluffs. Case had the misfortune of bad timing, taking over a team in the midst of a horrendous losing streak, and he went 0-23 in his three years as head coach in Greybull.
Hulett: Hired Steve Bollenbach to replace Arlan Cloutier. Bollenbach went 0-7 in his only year with Hulett; the Red Devils played a JV schedule in 1981 and didn’t field a team in 1982. Bollenbach was at Hulett for several years as the wrestling coach, though.
Jackson: Hired Fred Staehr to take the place of Don Wadsworth. Staehr went 5-2 but only stayed one year in Jackson. He was the third in a string of years in which Jackson had four head coaches in four years (Lynn Williams in 1978, Wadsworth in 1979, Staehr in 1980 and Jim Rooks in 1981). Staehr wasn’t stopping over in Jackson, though; he was a teacher in the district for four decades.
Kemmerer: Hired Bob Bramlet away from Lingle to take over for Jim Keen, who left for Powell. Bramlet went 39-26 in eight years with the Rangers and went 3-2 against Cokeville and coach Dayton.
Lingle: Hired Roger Fuss for a second stint as coach after Bob Bramlet left for Kemmerer. Fuss was Lingle’s coach from 1970-74, going 20-22, and went 20-11 from 1980-83 in his four-year return stint; he’s tied for the lead with Ron Halley for being Lingle’s all-time winningest coach.
Lyman: Hired John Haning to take over for Kay Fackrell after Fackrell left for Evanston. Haning went 28-23 in six years with Lyman, including a state championship in 1982, but went 2-4 against Cokeville and coach Dayton. He later coached in Utah and is now the principal at Northridge High in Layton.
Moorcroft: Hired Carl Mirich to take over for Charles Cowan. This one worked out well, too: Mirich became by far Moorcroft’s winningest coach, going 110-83 in 23 years with the Wolves, including a state championship in 1996.
Mountain View: Hired Robert Thrasher to take over for Duane Franke. Thrasher was 0-7 in his only year as head coach; his last game was a 47-0 loss to Dayton’s Panthers.
North Big Horn: Made Michael Neville co-head coach with Steve Hutchinson, who was the sole head coach in 1979. The duo went 4-3 before the program reverted to one head coach in 1981 — and it was Gerry Christiansen, not Neville or Hutchinson, who took over as the top man after the one year of co-coaching.
Pine Bluffs: Hired Mike Loose from Greybull to replace Keith Kyser. Loose went 12-17 in four years with the Hornets.
Powell: Hired Jim Keen from Kemmerer to take over for Tom Shoemaker. Keen went 2-15 in two years with the Panthers; he later took over as head coach at Cheyenne East and later coached with his son Aaron in the college ranks.
Rawlins: Hired Bill Murray to take over for Al Morgan. Murray went 37-28 in seven years as head coach, including AA/4A runner-up finishes in 1982 and 1986. Murray was nearly as successful as Dayton in the long run, though, notching 207 victories in his career, most in Michigan.
Riverton: Hired Bob Miller to take over for Ken Boatwright. Miller was 3-6 in his only year with the Wolverines. Riverton had five head coaches in five years — Brent Engleright in 1977, Neil Mellilo in 1978, Boatwright in 1979, Miller in 1980 and Leland Smith in 1981.
Thermopolis: Hired Wayne Ward to take over for Bob Million. Ward went 8-32 in five years with the Bobcats but was a longtime teacher and coach in Thermopolis.
Wind River: Hired Chuck Gomendi to take over for Keith Mills. Gomendi had been coach in 1977-78 and Mills was coach for just one year in 1979. Gomendi returned in 1980 and led the team through 1983, going 14-28 in his six years total. Gomendi spend numerous years in the Wind River district coaching various sports.
(The University of Wyoming also had a new coach in 1980: Pat Dye. He only stayed a year in Laramie. Remember that? Yeah, me neither.)
It’s not fair to say each one of these schools had an equal chance of hiring Dayton, or that Dayton even considered any of them. But of all the coaching hires prior to the 1980 season — and, let’s face it, of all coaching hires in the state, ever — Dayton’s was by far the one that worked the best. Sort of makes you wonder how the 2013 hires will work out in 33 years….
Andy Ray is the new football coach at Ten Sleep. Ray took over prior to the start of the season for Jake Zent, who went 21-23 in six seasons as Ten Sleep’s head coach.
Ray was previously the head coach at Wind River, going 16-4 in 2008 and 2009.
For a full list of coaching changes in the state this year, click here.
One quick update: I have updated Manderson’s coach for 1970; it was Gary Sutherland. This one is significant to me because this was the most recent coach I didn’t have. Now, I have every coach from 1964 to the present — the last 50 years! Thanks to Dave Frahm for the help on this one.
To see the other coaches I’m missing, click here.
Former Worland coach Curt Mayer pulled a surprising move late last week by resigning as the Warriors’ coach less than 48 hours prior to the first practice.
Since that time, the school has announced it will use two head coaches this year, with Josh Garcia leading the offense and Bryan Bailey the defense. Neither man has been a head coach in the state before this year.
More than that, they’re together in a co-coaching arrangement that has only been tried nine other times (as documented so far) in Wyoming’s history.
Here is a brief look at how the other nine co-coaching arrangements came out
Pinedale: Perhaps the most successful co-coaching arrangement came with the the Wranglers, where Gale Tuggle and Randy Klatt co-led the team for eight seasons, from 1965-72. The Wranglers were mythical state Class B champions in 1970 under the two-coach system. Together over the eight seasons, the coaches went a combined 36-30-3, including an 8-1 season in 1972 in what ended up being the final head coaching stop in Wyoming for either coach.
Buffalo: Harvey Crowe and George Grace were co-coaches in Buffalo for four years, from 1951-54. Crowe had been the sole head coach in Buffalo for three seasons (1948-50) before Grace joined him; Grace took sole control of the Buffalo program in 1955 and was head coach until 1967. Perhaps not coincidentally, Crowe took over another Northeast Conference team — Sundance — as head coach in 1956, a position he held until after the 1958 season. Together in Buffalo, they went 16-15-4.
Wind River: The most recent case of co-coaches came in 2005, when Tyler Jordan and Andy Maendl co-coached the Cougars to a playoff berth and a 4-5 record. Jordan took over as the lone head coach in 2006 and led the team through 2007. Maendl has yet to return to a head coaching position in the state.
Basin: For the Bobcats’ first season of football, 1921, the team used two head coaches: F.L. McNown and coach Kischke (first name unknown). Neither one was ever a head coach in the state after the first season, even though the Bobcats went 5-4 their first season.
Manderson: William Diercks had an odd timeline with the Demons, leading the team as head coach from 1956-58, again in 1966 and then one last time in 1974. In that 1966 season, he was joined by Tom Rhodes in a one-year co-coach situation, but it didn’t go well; the team went 0-8 and neither coach retained the head coaching position the following season.
Big Horn: Brothers John Flanagan and Mike Flanagan co-coached the Rams for two seasons, 1961 (0-4-2) and 1962 (0-5). Those two years were the only years either one was a head coach in Wyoming.
North Big Horn: Steve Hutchinson was the lone head coach for NBH in 1979, but in 1980, he was joined by co-coach Michael Neville. Despite going 4-3, neither man was the head coach for the Grizzlies in 1981, and neither landed a head coaching spot in the state again.
St. Stephens: Jim Shelbe and Chris Kriofski co-coached the Eagles in 1965, their final year of their first stint of varsity play. The team went 2-4. It was both the first and last year for either man as a head coach in Wyoming.
University Prep: Don Harkins and Bill Engstrom joined forces to coach the Buckaroos in 1929, going 4-3 together. Although Harkins was never a head coach again, Engstrom had a long stint as Rawlins’ coach, jumping from Prep to lead the Outlaws for eight years from 1930 to 1937.
(I’m still missing some information on Wyoming high school football coaches. To help, check out The Coaches Project and post a comment below if you can help.)
Co-coaching arrangements in Wyoming have been surprisingly average at best. How do you think the unique situation in Worland will work this year? Feel free to post a comment below.
Worland will use co-head coaches this year after the school’s former head coach resigned less than 48 hours before the first practice.
The Northern Wyoming Daily News reported that Josh Garcia will be the head coach on offense this year and Bryan Bailey will be Worland’s head defensive coach.
The changes come after former Worland coach Curt Mayer resigned on Saturday. Worland went 2-7 in Mayer’s only year as coach.
Mayer did not respond to a Facebook message seeking comment this week; the Daily News reported Mayer’s resignation was for personal reasons.
For a full list of coaching changes in the state this year, click here.