Just days after former Big Horn coach Michael McGuire left to take a college coaching job in North Dakota, assistant coach Kirk McLaughlin was promoted to take over as the Rams’ head coach.
The Sheridan Press first reported the hiring Friday on Twitter.
BREAKING: Kirk McLaughlin will be the next head football coach at Big Horn High School. He was an assistant coach under Michael McGuire. #TSPsports
— Bud (John) Denega (@BudDenega_TSP) May 11, 2018
In a Twitter direct message Friday, McLaughlin confirmed his hiring with wyoming-football.com.
McLaughlin has been an assistant coach for Big Horn the past six years. Prior to that, he coached in Delta, Colorado, for eight years, including two years (2007 and 2008) as the head football coach at Delta High School.
Big Horn won Class 2A titles in 2013 and 2016 and finished as Class 1A 11-man runners-up last year. The Rams have six returning all-state players.
“I am very excited to be taking over at Big Horn,” McLaughlin wrote. “Coach McGuire handed me the keys to a Cadillac and I have some big shoes to fill. I have great assistant coaches and great group of kids going into next year, it will be an exciting challenge.”
Other Wyoming schools with new head coaches, or with vacant head coaching spots, include Class 4A Cheyenne Central and Sheridan, Class 3A Green River, Lander, Powell and Rawlins, and Class 2A Greybull, Lovell and Wheatland. If you know of other coaching hirings or resignations statewide, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.