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 firstname.lastname@example.org.