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

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