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

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

Farson head football coach Trip Applequist has resigned after 10 seasons leading the Pronghorns.

Applequist confirmed his resignation via email to wyoming-football.com on Monday.

“It was an agonizing and difficult decision to step down as football coach,” Applequist wrote. “It has been a cherished experience and I have been so fortunate. I have had the opportunity to work with the most amazing and dedicated young men who have inspired the community and me personally. I have also been given the opportunity to work with an amazing coaching staff who are really the source of all the success that our program has seen. The support of the parents, administration, and community has been incredible.”

Applequist led the Pronghorns to two state championships and four appearances in title games in his decade as head coach. Combined, Farson has gone 66-29 with Applequist at the helm, including state championships and 11-0 seasons in both 2018 and 2020. Farson finished as runners-up in both 2016 and 2017.

Farson finished 3-4 last season, just missing the Class 1A six-man playoffs. The position was listed as open on Sweetwater County School District No. 1’s job listings for head coaches.

Applequist said he was interested in pursuing other passions, including a planned trip in June to climb Alaska’s Denali.

“The athletes deserve a coach that has the time and desire to commit to what it takes to be successful,” he wrote. ” … I am sad to be leaving football coaching behind, but excited about the possibilities ahead. I love high school football, and look forward to watching and cheering from the stands.”

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are RawlinsGlenrock and Cokeville. 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

The Rawlins Outlaw football team is searching for a new head football coach for the 2022 season.

Clayton McSpadden, a Rawlins alumnus, resigned after four seasons as the head coach. Rawlins activities director Kasey Garnhart said in an email Thursday to wyoming-football.com that a search is underway for a new coach. He said interviews taking place now, with an expected hire likely to be announced in April.

In his four seasons, McSpadden’s Outlaw teams finished a combined 6-29. The Class 3A Outlaws have not won a game the past two seasons.

McSpadden did not reply to an email sent Tuesday.

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are Cheyenne South, Glenrock and Cokeville. Meanwhile, Pinedale has hired a new head coach for the upcoming season. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

After just one season, Glenrock is back on the lookout for its next head football coach.

Glenrock co-activities director Jason Horn confirmed via email Wednesday to wyoming-football.com that the position is open. Horn said the school is still in the hiring process for its new head football coach. The position was listed as open on the Converse County School District No. 2 website.

Paul Downing spent one season as the Herders’ head coach. A Class 2A East team, Glenrock went 2-7 last year and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Downing did not reply to an email sent Tuesday night.

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are Cheyenne South and Cokeville. Meanwhile, Pinedale has hired a new head coach for the upcoming season. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Rosters for the 2022 Wyoming Shrine Bowl were released Wednesday.

A total of 72 players, 36 for each team, will be available for the 49th Shrine Bowl all-star football game, to be played June 11 in Casper.

Shrine Bowl Executive Director Frank Selby announced the rosters in a release Wednesday. The release also said officials working the game will be from Lovell.

Coaching staffs for each team were finalized in mid-January.

The North leads the all-time series 25-19-3.

Players from 36 schools are on the rosters released Wednesday. One historic first is the inclusion of the South’s Koye Gilbert, who will be the first player to represent Encampment in the Shrine Bowl.

Players selected include:

SOUTH
Burns
: Cody Winslow.
Cheyenne Central: Eli Castillo.
Cheyenne East: Gavyn Aumiller; Cade Pugh; Kaleb Romero.
Cheyenne South: Braeden Hughes.
Cokeville: Treyson Dayton.
Douglas: Dawson Curtis; Keltan Ewing; Jacob Russell; Rylan Wehr.
Encampment: Koye Gilbert.
Evanston: Jaxin Moore; Kody Rex.
Green River: Dylan Taylor.
Laramie: Jackson Devine; Talon Luckie.
Lusk: Dylan Molzahn.
Lyman: Chevy Fackrell; Rho Mecham.
Mountain View: Tanner Case.
Rock Springs: Brock Bider; Colton Carlsen; Isaac Schoenfeld; Cadon Shaklee; Andrew Skorcz.
Snake River: Zander Risner.
Star Valley: Lucas Chappell; Winston Green; Mason Hutchison.
Torrington: Beau Bivens; Deagan Keith; Chase Miller.
Wheatland: Ora Borton; Jake Hicks; Kade Preuit.
Student trainers: Kim Choma, Star Valley; Kynzee Jassman, Rock Springs.
Adult athletic trainer: Garrett Havig, Laramie.

NORTH
Big Horn
: Josh Thompson.
Buffalo: Ben Camino.
Campbell County: Logan Dymond; Will Miller.
Cody: Chaz Cowie; Daniel Gorman; Drew Trotter; Jonathan Williams.
Hulett: Bryce Ackerman.
Jackson: Colter Dawson; Sadler Smith.
Kelly Walsh: Cam Burkett.
Lander: Ernesto Cabriales; Robert Koivupalo.
Lovell: Sam Cornia; Quinn Linday; Kobe May.
Meeteetse: Dace Bennett.
Natrona: Brendyn Nelson; Jake Sides; Kaeden Wilcox.
Powell: Toran Graham; Zach Ratcliff; Lane Shramek.
Rocky Mountain: Tyson Christiansen.
Sheridan: Ezra Ecklund; Matt Ingalls; Chris Larson; Carter McComb.
Shoshoni: Nathon Cousineau.
Thunder Basin: Cade Ayers; Ryan Baker; Ryan Jordan; Caden Randall.
Upton-Sundance: Reece Barritt.
Worland: Jorey Anderson.
Student trainers: Mia Fishman, Jackson; Emma Larson, Sheridan.
Adult athletic trainer: Paige Nolan, Lander.

–patrick

A Utah high school football program with deep tradition will play seven games against Wyoming schools this fall in an effort to keep its program going.

Rich County, Utah, will play what amounts to a Class 2A West Conference schedule in addition to four games against Utah teams in the 2022 season.

Cooper Cornia, Rich County’s athletic director, said via email Tuesday with wyoming-football.com that the move by the Rebels — a program that has won six Utah championships since 1994 — will help them overcome some of the problems they’ve faced in the Beehive State.

“We have gone independent in hopes of saving our football program here at Rich,” Cornia said. ” … The timing was just perfect with Big Piney dropping down to allow us to jump into the southwest Wyoming schedule and fill our independent schedule with close, quality games.”

As one of 11 schools in Utah’s Class 1A, Rich County was isolated from many of its conference opponents. In both 2020 and 2021, Rich averaged more than 200 miles, one way, per road game. Its closest conference opponent, North Summit, was 73 miles away; its furthest, Monticello, was 382.

“Utah has basically gotten rid of the traditional 1A league here,” Cornia said. “There are only two true 1A schools playing in the 1A league. The rest are 2A schools.”

In 2022, Rich County will play four schools within 73 miles, traveling to Kemmerer and Cokeville in 2022 and to Mountain View and Lyman in 2023.

Rich will also have a road game at Thermopolis (268 miles) in 2022 and road games at Lovell (370 miles) and at Pinedale (147 miles) in 2023. In the next two years, Rich’s schedule against mostly Wyoming teams will reduce its travel almost 30% as compared to the trips the Rebels have had to play Utah teams the previous two years.

Rich’s 2022 schedule also has two road games against Utah opponents Monticello and Water Canyon (408 miles) and two home games against Utah teams.

Rich has a proud football tradition. The Rebels won six Utah championships between 1994 and 2014, including three in a row from 1994-96. Rich also won titles in 2002, 2009 and 2014 and was a runner-up in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013.

However, since 2017, the Rebels are a combined 6-43, never winning more than two games in any one season. Rich had to forfeit a pair of games in the 2021 season. The Rebels will enter 2022 with a new coach, Tyson Larsen.

Going independent will mean that Rich is ineligible for the Utah playoffs. As for potentially joining the Wyoming ranks, Cornia said, “I don’t think Wyoming will ever allow us to be post-season eligible. … Hopefully, we can build our program back and return to Utah post-season play soon.”

For the full 2022 Wyoming high school football schedule, click here.

–patrick

David Thrash, who previously was an assistant and freshman coach in Gillette, will be the new head football coach in Pinedale.

Thrash’s hiring was approved during Thursday’s meeting of the Sublette County School District No. 1 board and confirmed Friday via email from Thrash to wyoming-football.com.

Thrash said he was inspired to apply by a desire to help players gain skills for a lifetime of success.

“When I heard that this position was posted, I felt a desire to put in and help provide a chance for student/athletes to become a part of a team and sport where the chance to learn skills and characteristics that can be used well beyond high school,” he wrote.

Thrash previously was a varsity offensive and defensive line coach for five years in Gillette; he also helped coach freshman teams in Gillette.

Thrash came to Pinedale in 2019. He is an assistant principal at Pinedale Elementary. He graduated from the University of Wyoming and is a native of North Carolina.

Thrash replaces Clay Cundall, who led the Wranglers each of the past three seasons. Pinedale, a Class 2A West program, went 3-21 in that span, including 0-8 last season.

Pinedale is the first football program to hire a new head coach for 2022. Cheyenne South and Cokeville are both seeking new head coaches. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

The coaching staffs for the 2022 edition of the Wyoming Shrine Bowl all-star football game have been set.

Wyoming Shrine Bowl Executive Director Frank Selby announced the coaching staffs Monday night via email news release.

The 2022 Shrine Bowl’s North team, led by Thunder Basin’s Trent Pikula, will also have Jason Gill (Thunder Basin), Rob Hammond (Buffalo), Kirk McLaughlin (Big Horn), Richard Despain (Rocky Mountain) and Boz Backen (Hulett) on staff.

The South team will be led by Rock Springs’ Mark Lenhardt and will have Blaine Christensen (Rock Springs), Jay Rhoades (Douglas), Robb Nicolay (Torrington), Brandon Gifford (Lingle) and Keegan Willford (Encampment) assisting.

Coaches will now put together their rosters of 36 players per team from nominations of 155 players, Selby said in the release.

The game is in its 49th year. The North leads the series 25-19-3, but the South won last year’s Shrine Bowl 34-32. This year’s game will be June 11 at Cheney Alumni Field in Casper.

–patrick

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