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

Mykah Trujillo, Wind River’s head football coach the past seven seasons, has resigned to take a new job in Evanston and be closer to his family.

In an email Thursday to wyoming-football.com, Trujillo said he was moving to near Woodruff, Utah, to provide help for the ranch of his wife’s family. Both he and his wife will continue to work in the schools in Evanston.

Although the Cougars went a combined 20-40 the past seven seasons, they had a breakthrough season in 2021. The Cougars were 7-3 last season and were Class 1A nine-man semifinalists, losing to eventual state champion Shoshoni to end their season.

“It’s a tough year to leave,” Trujillo said. “We are coming off a great season and are returning most players and have replacements for the seniors that left.

” … Kids know the expectation, (and) equipment is completely upgraded. The weights facility was a huge push for me and has been upgraded,  is arguably the best in 1A and 2A and probably some 3A schools.”

Trujillo said he will most miss the players and helping them grow as people, and “it’s hard to walk away from.”

Trujillo said although he will not coach next year, he may eventually return to coaching in the Evanston or Rich County, Utah, area if the right opportunity comes along.

He also said Wind River has not yet hired a replacement.

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are CokevilleGlenrockMoorcroftBig Piney and Farson. Meanwhile, Cheyenne South, JacksonRawlinsBurns and Pinedale have 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

A coach with diverse experience at the high school and college level will be the new head football coach at Jackson.

David White, who most recently was the head coach at Blue Springs High School in Missouri, has been selected as the new head coach of the Class 3A Broncs, Jackson activities director Mike Hansen said in an email Thursday to wyoming-football.com.

White also coached at two major colleges, working with Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma teams from 2007-10, with much of that time as the program’s recruiting coordinator. He was also the running backs coach at Nevada from 2017-19.

He was the head coach at Rigeland High School in Mississippi in 2019 and was at Blue Springs the past two years.

“We are excited to bring on Coach White and look forward to seeing the Bronc Football program continue to grow and develop into one of the best programs in Wyoming,” Hansen wrote.

White was also the head football coach at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas from 2003-06, winning three league championships and coaching future NFL players Demarco Murray and Xavier Grimble.

He was also the head coach at Socorro High in El Paso, Texas, for two years and at Lake Havasu, Arizona, for a year, and also spent several years working with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, an all-star game for high schoolers from across the country.

White played collegiately at UNLV and was a tight end for the Rebels, finishing his college playing career in 1995.

Jackson has finished as the Class 3A runner-up the past two seasons. White replaces David Joyce, who resigned after five years to become the head coach at nearby Teton, Idaho.

Cheyenne South, RawlinsBurns 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, Big Piney and Farson. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

David Hastings, who was the head coach at Rock Springs from 2014-18, will be the new head football coach at Rawlins.

Rawlins activities director Kasey Garnhart shared the news of Hastings’ hiring via email on Thursday with wyoming-football.com.

Hastings will have his work cut out for him. The Class 3A Outlaws have had back-to-back winless seasons and enter 2022 on an 18-game losing streak.

Rock Springs went 21-29 with Hastings as head coach. He resigned after the 2018 season. The Tigers’ best season under Hastings came in 2016, when they finished 8-3 and reached the Class 4A semifinals.

Hastings also was the head coach at Lehi, Utah, and Sugar-Salem, Idaho, before coming to Rock Springs.

He will take over for Clayton McSpadden, who resigned in March after four seasons as head coach for the Outlaws.

Hastings did not reply to an email sent Thursday afternoon.

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

–patrick

Travis Romsa, an alumnus of Burns High School, has been hired as the head football coach at his alma mater.

Romsa, a 2014 graduate from Burns and later an all-America offensive lineman at Chadron State, was named as the new head coach for the Broncs on Tuesday via a Twitter post from Burns AD Barry Ward.

Romsa said via email Wednesday to wyoming-football.com that he has coached in Burns for the past three years. He has been both an assistant football and basketball coach for the Broncs in that time.

Romsa replaces Brad Morrison, who resigned after four seasons.

For more on Romsa’s hiring, check out Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

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

–patrick

Jackson’s head football coach the past five years will now be the head coach for nearby Teton High School in Idaho.

David Joyce, who led the Broncs to back-to-back Class 3A title game appearances the past two seasons, has been hired for the same role at Teton, which is in Driggs, Idaho.

Joyce said via email Wednesday with wyoming-football.com that his family moved to the Idaho side of the border two years ago, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when he and his wife purchased a home in Victor.

With his children in ninth, eighth and second grades, the commute to Jackson the past two years was tough on the family as a whole.

“This is gonna make family life a lot easier on our family,” Joyce said. “I have absolutely loved Jackson and coaching at Jackson, and will cherish the last five years, but it was not sustainable to live in Jackson with three kids or commute long term.”

Jackson activities director Mike Hansen said Joyce submitted his resignation about a week ago. Hansen also said the position is open for applications.

Hired with a history of turning around struggling programs, Joyce helped Jackson become a Class 3A force. After Jackson went 0-9 in Joyce’s first season in 2017, the Broncs went a combined 33-13 in the next four seasons. Jackson made the Class 3A semifinals in each of those seasons, a school record for consecutive semifinal qualifications, and was runner-up to Cody in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Jackson and Teton have played each other for each of the past 21 seasons; Jackson’s season opener on Aug. 26 will come against Teton.

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are Rawlins, Burns, Cokeville, Glenrock, Moorcroft, Big Piney and Farson. Meanwhile, Cheyenne South and Pinedale have 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

Big Piney head coach Ryan Visser will leave his post with the Punchers to become the next head coach at Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum, Utah.

Visser posted his farewell to Big Piney on Twitter on Thursday.

He was hired at Big Piney in 2019. Visser’s teams at Big Piney went 16-12 the past three seasons, qualifying for the postseason in Class 2A in 2019 and 2021. The Punchers are scheduled to join Class 1A nine-man in 2022.

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are Rawlins, Burns, Cokeville, Glenrock, Moorcroft and Farson. Meanwhile, Cheyenne South and Pinedale have 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

Burns head coach Brad Morrison has resigned his position leading the Broncs.

Morrison’s resignation was first reported Thursday on Twitter by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s Jeremiah Johnke.

Morrison had been Burns’ coach the past four seasons, going 15-19.

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are RawlinsGlenrock, Moorcroft, Cokeville and Farson. Meanwhile, Cheyenne South and Pinedale have 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

A few quick updates over the weekend:

Fixed the score for the 1959 Class B eight-man championship game on Nov. 14, 1959; Big Piney beat Moorcroft 25-12, not 15-12.

Added Cokeville’s 45-6 victory against Big Piney on Oct. 23, 1953, in Cokeville.

Updated the location of the November 1935 game between Cokeville and Inkom, Idaho; it was in Cokeville. The date is still unknown but was between Nov. 6 and Nov. 9.

Corrected Guernsey-Sunrise’s coach for 1995; it was Dean Rahmig, not Trevor Williams.

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

–patrick