Trent Pikula will be the first head coach in Thunder Basin football history.
Pikula, a former head coach at Rapid City (S.D.) Central, will lead the new Class 4A high school in Gillette, the Gillette News-Record reported this morning and the Casper Star-Tribune also reported Wednesday.
Pikula, a Gillette native who graduated from Campbell County High School in 1988, led Rapid City Central from 2007-13 and was on the Cobbers’ staff as an assistant in 2006. The Rapid City Journal reported after Pikula’s resignation that in seven years as head coach, Pikula was 21-50 at Central. Before that, he was a head coach in Hot Springs, S.D., and assistant in Belle Fourche, S.D.
The ‘Bolts will take the field for the first time in 2017, playing at the 4A level as Gillette’s second comprehensive high school.