Kelly Walsh’s Caige McComb has joined the North Shrine Bowl team.

Executive director John Cundall announced Tuesday that McComb will be a part of the annual all-star football game. McComb replaces Tevita Palepale, also of KW, on the North team.

The game is June 9 in Casper.

–patrick

Cheyenne Central will hire Mike Apodaca — a Central alumnus who won a state title while coaching at Silver Creek High School in Colorado — to be its new head football coach.

The announcement was made on Twitter on Friday by Central AD Chad Whitworth.

As a coach, Apodaca has been with Silver Creek as its head coach the past 15 seasons. He led that program to seven playoff appearances, three title-game appearances and a 2012 Class 3A championship.

As a player, Apodaca helped the Indians win the 1988 Class 4A championship before playing at the University of Sioux Falls and the University of Wyoming.

He takes over for Drew Severn, who resigned at the end of last season after four seasons as Central’s head coach. Central went 10-28 those four years.

Other Wyoming schools with new head coaches, or with vacant head coaching spots, include Class 4A Sheridan, Class 3A Green RiverLanderPowell and Rawlins, Class 2A Burns, Greybull, Lovell, Moorcroft and Wheatland and Class 1A 11-man Big Horn. If you know of other coaching hirings or resignations statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Keaton Wilkerson from Thunder Basin will join the North Shrine Bowl team.

Shrine Bowl executive director John Cundall announced via email Tuesday that Wilkerson will join the North team, replacing teammate Trenten Johnson on the squad.

The annual all-star football game is June 9 in Casper.

–patrick

Brad Morrison will be Burns’ new football coach, Burns AD Barry Ward announced on Twitter on Tuesday.

Morrison said via text message Tuesday that he was an assistant coach at Thermopolis from 2012-16, including a run as defensive coordinator from 2013-16. He also coached basketball and track in Thermopolis at various levels. Originally from Lamar, Colorado, Morrison said he took the Burns job in part to be closer to family, as well as to take an opportunity to become a head coach.

He replaces Marv Mirich, who was the head coach for seven seasons with the Broncs. Under Mirich, the Broncs went 21-37, qualifying for the Class 2A playoffs in 2011 and 2013. Burns went 1-7 last season.

Other Wyoming schools with new head coaches, or with vacant head coaching spots, include Class 4A Cheyenne Central and Sheridan, Class 3A Green RiverLanderPowell and Rawlins, Class 2A Greybull, Lovell, Moorcroft and Wheatland and Class 1A 11-man Big Horn. If you know of other coaching hirings or resignations statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Lovell line coach Jeny Gardner was approved Monday as the new head coach for the Bulldogs.

Lovell’s school board approved Gardner as the school’s new head coach during its meeting Monday night, AD Joe Koritnik said via email to wyoming-football.com.

Gardner has been the line coach at Lovell for the past three years, Koritnik said. She also teaches math at Lovell.

She replaces Doug Hazen, who resigned in November after nine years as head coach; he finished 62-26 and won the 2011 Class 2A title while coaching the Bulldogs. Lovell finished 4-5 last season, reaching the 2A playoffs but losing in the first round.

Based on records available at this site, Gardner is believed to be the first female head football coach in Wyoming.

Other Wyoming schools with new head coaches, or with vacant head coaching spots, include Class 4A Cheyenne Central and Sheridan, Class 3A Green RiverLanderPowell and Rawlins, Class 2A GreybullMoorcroft and Wheatland and Class 1A 11-man Big Horn. If you know of other coaching hirings or resignations statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Moorcroft will have a new head coach this fall in Travis Santistevan.

Santistevan, a native of Lusk, has been teaching and coaching at Britton-Hecla school in Britton, South Dakota. He was the school’s head junior high football coach, assisted with the high school football program for three years and was also the head coach for the high school boys basketball team for six years. Santistevan also spent four years as a volunteer assistant at Lusk while in college.

Santistevan replaces Dusty Petz, who led the Wolves during the 2014-15 and 2017 seasons; he took off the 2016 season for health reasons. He finished a combined 7-17 in his three years leading Moorcroft.

Both Petz and Santistevan confirmed the changes via email to wyoming-football.com on Monday.

Santistevan will also take over as Moorcroft’s head boys basketball coach and will teach industrial arts and technology at the school, he said.

Other Wyoming schools with new head coaches, or with vacant head coaching spots, include Class 4A Cheyenne Central and Sheridan, Class 3A Green RiverLanderPowell and Rawlins, Class 2A Greybull, Lovell and Wheatland and Class 1A 11-man Big Horn. If you know of other coaching hirings or resignations statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Former Douglas standout Cody Bohlander has been named the head coach at Wheatland.

Bohlander confirmed his hiring via email to wyoming-football.com on Monday. He has been an assistant coach with the Bulldogs for the past three years.

He takes over for Tom Waring, who resigned at the end of last season.

The Bulldogs went 5-5 last season, advancing to the Class 2A semifinals. Wheatland won the Class 2A title in 2015 in Bohlander’s first year as an assistant.

Other Wyoming schools with new head coaches, or with vacant head coaching spots, include Class 4A Cheyenne Central and Sheridan, Class 3A Green RiverLanderPowelland Rawlins, Class 2A Greybull and Lovell and Class 1A 11-man Big Horn. If you know of other coaching hirings or resignations statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Just days after former Big Horn coach Michael McGuire left to take a college coaching job in North Dakota, assistant coach Kirk McLaughlin was promoted to take over as the Rams’ head coach.

The Sheridan Press first reported the hiring Friday on Twitter.

In a Twitter direct message Friday, McLaughlin confirmed his hiring with wyoming-football.com.

McLaughlin has been an assistant coach for Big Horn the past six years. Prior to that, he coached in Delta, Colorado, for eight years, including two years (2007 and 2008) as the head football coach at Delta High School.

Big Horn won Class 2A titles in 2013 and 2016 and finished as Class 1A 11-man runners-up last year. The Rams have six returning all-state players.

“I am very excited to be taking over at Big Horn,” McLaughlin wrote. “Coach McGuire handed me the keys to a Cadillac and I have some big shoes to fill. I have great assistant coaches and great group of kids going into next year, it will be an exciting challenge.”

Other Wyoming schools with new head coaches, or with vacant head coaching spots, include Class 4A Cheyenne Central and Sheridan, Class 3A Green RiverLander, Powell and Rawlins, and Class 2A GreybullLovell and Wheatland. If you know of other coaching hirings or resignations statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Aaron Papich, who was previously the head coach in Burlington and was most recently an assistant with the Riverton football program, has been hired as Powell’s next head coach.

The Casper Star-Tribune reported the hiring Wednesday.

Papich has been on staff at Riverton the past two years. Prior to that, he was the head coach at Burlington in 2015, a season in which the Huskies made the transition from 11-man to six-man play due to a lack of players; the Huskies went 4-2 in six-man exhibition games that season. He had coached in Casper, as well as in Great Falls, Mont., and Bozeman, Mont., prior to that.

Papich replaces Chanler Buck, who resigned after four seasons to become an assistant principal and athletic director at Powell’s middle school.

Powell went 1-7 last year.

Other Wyoming schools with new head coaches, or with vacant head coaching spots, include Class 4A Cheyenne Central and Sheridan, Class 3A Green RiverLander and Rawlins, Class 2A GreybullLovell and Wheatland and Class 1A 11-man Big Horn. If you know of other coaching hirings or resignations statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Big Horn head coach Michael McGuire has resigned to take on the role of offensive coordinator at Dickinson (N.D.) State University.

The school announced the hiring in a press release Tuesday, and McGuire acknowledged the move on Twitter.

McGuire took over a Big Horn program that was successful prior to his arrival and turned it into a juggernaut. The Rams went 56-8 in McGuire’s six years, winning Class 2A titles in 2013 and 2016; they also finished as 2A runners-up in 2014 and as Class 1A 11-man runners-up last season.

McGuire was also the head coach at Riverside from 2006-09, winning the Class 2A title in 2007 and finishing as runner-up in 2006.

In all, McGuire was 84-21 in 10 years as a Wyoming head coach. In between his stints at Riverside and Big Horn, he was an assistant coach at Sheridan.

The Rams finished 9-2 last season and will return all six of their all-state selections from 2017 this fall. A replacement for McGuire at Big Horn has not yet been named.

Other Wyoming schools with new head coaches, or with vacant head coaching spots, include Class 4A Cheyenne Central and Sheridan, Class 3A Green RiverLander, Powell and Rawlins, and Class 2A GreybullLovell and Wheatland. If you know of other coaching hirings or resignations statewide, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

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