Wheatland’s head coach has resigned after two years to spend more time with his family.
Tom Waring, who led Wheatland to the Class 2A semifinals this year, resigned in mid-November. He verified his resignation via email Wednesday with wyoming-football.com.
Waring said his daughter is beginning junior high sports this year, and he wants to spend time supporting her efforts.
“It was a difficult decision because I love coaching these guys, and I love football,” Waring wrote. “But, I do preach to my players that football should never be number one on your list of priorities. I tell them family always comes first, so basically I am just taking my own advice.”
Waring went a combined 9-10 in his two seasons with the Bulldogs, including 5-5 in 2017.
Waring previously coached at Rawlins in 2013 and, prior to that, Hanna from 2009-12.
A replacement in Wheatland has not yet been named.
Waring is the fifth head coach in the state to resign after the 2017 season, along with Sheridan’s Don Julian, Cheyenne Central’s Drew Severn, Lander’s John Rounds and Lovell’s Doug Hazen.
After 20 years as a head football coach, Don Julian has stepped down as the head coach at Sheridan.
He leaves the Broncs after leading them to three consecutive state titles and, at the moment, 18 consecutive victories. He also led Sheridan to titles in 2009 and 2011.
Prior to coaching Sheridan, Julian coached at Riverton from 1993-2001, leading the Wolverines to championships in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999. In between Riverton and Sheridan, Julian coached at the University of Wyoming before becoming director of football operations and later an assistant athletic director at UW; he returned to the prep ranks in 2007 when he took over the Sheridan program.
Julian said he resigned to spend time with his parents on their ranch near Kemmerer, close to where Julian was raised.
His affect on the record books — as well as on the lives of the countless players who learned under his tutelage — is difficult to illustrate. But here are some examples in an attempt to do just that:
- He has more victories (102) than any other coach in Sheridan program history. He also has more victories (63) than any other coach in Riverton program history.
- His career total of 165 victories places him sixth all-time and third among active coaches in the state. Of the 34 Wyoming coaches with at least 90 in-state victories, Julian’s winning percentage of .789 is second only to Cokeville’s Todd Dayton.
- His nine state championships ranks third all-time in Wyoming.
- He led Riverton to 26 consecutive victories from 1997-99, tied for the eighth-longest streak in state history.
- Maybe most impressively, he never had a losing season in 20 years as a head coach in Wyoming.
Julian’s retirement drew immediate attention online as numerous people paid their respect:
Marty Wrage of Greybull and McKay Young of Star Valley will be the head coaches for the 45th annual Shrine Bowl all-star football game.
Wrage will coach the North squad while Young will coach the South, Shrine Bowl executive director John Cundall said in an email release Monday.
Wrage recently finished his fourth season as the head coach at Greybull. His team finished as the Class 2A runners-up in 2016 and went 5-4 in 2017.
Young just wrapped up his second year leading Star Valley. The Braves won the Class 3A title in his first year in 2016 and finished 10-1 before losing in the 3A semifinals to eventual champ Cody in this year’s 3A playoffs.
Both coaches will be Shrine Bowl head coaches for the first time.
The game will be played June 9, 2018, in Casper. The North leads the all-time series 23-18-3. The North has won five consecutive Shrine Bowls, including last year’s 49-7 victory.
Cheyenne Central head coach Drew Severn has resigned after four years as the Indians’ head coach.
The news of Severn’s resignation was reported by Jeremiah Johnke at the Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne. Johnke said Severn — who played at the University of Wyoming from 2002-05 — resigned to take a different job in Michigan.
In his four years as head coach, Severn’s Indian teams went a combined 10-28. They reached the playoffs in his first year (2014) and last year (2017).
A replacement has not yet been named.
Severn is the third Wyoming coach to step down this offseason, joining Lander’s John Rounds and Lovell’s Doug Hazen.