has reported the Big Horn football coaching staff has been fired. The move includes head coach Bert Dow, the site reported.

Big Horn finished 4-5 this season, losing to Lyman 54-0 in the Class 2A quarterfinals last week.’s report said Dow and his staff were notified of the termination prior to the Lyman game.

Dow coached Big Horn for four years and compiled a 29-11 record with the Rams. Big Horn reached the state title game under Dow in both 2008 and 2010. Dow was also the head coach at Sheridan from 1994-2001 and went 32-41 with the Broncs. Overall, Dow was a combined 61-52 in his two head coaching stints.

Big Horn combined its program with Tongue River this season when the Eagles failed to have enough players come out to form a team.

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11 Thoughts on “Report: Big Horn fires coaching staff

  1. Michael Klepperich on November 1, 2011 at 10:54 pm said:

    The Big Horn coaching staff should in absolutely no way have been fired. If coach Dow’s former players were asked what they thought about his coaching, attitude, and overall character, I highly doubt anything negative would be said. I know this from personal experience. Coaches Dow, Hall, Daley, and Meyer are all role models to me and I am lucky to have been taught by such an outstanding group of men.

  2. Any reasoning behind this. It seems really strange for a staff with state title appearances and a 29-11 record to be fired. What’s up with that?

  3. I hope this has nothing to do with wins and losses this season. It strikes me as inappropriate for a 2A school in Wyoming to view game outcomes in the same way that the NFL does.

    If this is about nothing more than wins and losses, then it further supports my conviction that Wyoming is going too far to ensure that most teams get a trophy at the end of each season and that the push for several more, smaller classifications as the number of schools in the state decrease futher feeds into a “only championships matter” attitude that flies in the face of the role athletics play in furthering academic and personal development among teenage kids.

  4. Ted Holmstrom on November 3, 2011 at 6:34 am said:

    Coach Dow is a good coach and a classy guy. It is the Big Horn Rams loss. Best of success in the future to him and his entire staff.

  5. Kevin Williams on November 3, 2011 at 9:11 am said:

    Having gone through this myself, I am sorry to hear about one of my best friends in coaching having this happen. I would like to assure him there is life after football coaching. I have found out that the longer I have been out of it, my expertise in the field grows proportionally. It may some day equal that of those who make these type of decisions.

  6. I agree with you Ted, Coach Dow is a classy guy and I don’t know what Big Horn thinks that there are better coaches out there that would want to step into a situation like that?

  7. Any chance coach McGuire from Sheridan (teaches in Big Horn) might take that job? He did a great job with the Riverside program and having a coach in your school like that It only would make sense.

  8. Coach G on November 7, 2011 at 10:52 am said:

    Sad to hear about the Big Horn staff…have known coach Dow from his days at Sheridan..just a class guy and a hell of a coach.

  9. Patrick on November 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm said:

    Matt, the short answer is no, McGuire doesn’t have an interest in the Big Horn job.


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  11. John Banas on April 18, 2012 at 6:18 pm said:

    Big Horn will have a hard time finding a coach as good as coach Dow. With his ties to the Big Horn area and his resume as a coach. I was lucky enough to be coached by him at Sheridan H.S. in the late seventies. He was our defensive coordinator / LB’s coach my senior year. I owe a lot to him for what he taught me both on and off the field. Coach Dow, thanks and good luck.

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