John Scott, the head football coach at Tongue River who helped rebuild the program from nonexistent to state runners-up at Class 1A 11-man the past two seasons, has resigned.

Scott confirmed his resignation Wednesday via email to

In the email, Scott said he would stay at Tongue River as the school’s activities director and teach.

“I believe there are many ‘energies’ a head coach must possess in building and sustaining a program,” Scott wrote. “Building this program the past five years was as demanding as any position I have held in my career.”

In 2011, the Eagles did not field a team due to lack of interest. Scott came on in 2012 and took the team from 0-8 to 2-6 to 5-4 to back-to-back 8-3 seasons and back-to-back Class 1A 11-man runner-up finishes.

The Eagles lost the 2015 championship game to Upton-Sundance and this year’s title game to Pine Bluffs.

Scott went 23-26 as Tongue River’s head coach. Scott previously was the head coach at Kemmerer and Gillette — winning state championships at both schools — before eventually moving out of the high school ranks to be the coach at Black Hills State, where he stayed for six seasons. In his Wyoming head coaching career, Scott is 91-42.

A replacement has not yet been named. Scott is the third coach in the state to step down this offseason, joining Jackson’s James Howell and Snake River’s Michael Bates.


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