Pinedale is searching for a new head coach, as Mitch Espeland resigned after three seasons as the Wranglers’ leader.

Espeland said via email to on Friday that he and his wife had accepted jobs in Cody and that he had resigned his football coaching position at the end of March.

Espeland said he is “certainly gonna miss Pinedale but this was a move that was best for the both of us.”

Pinedale activities director Jake Rich said he hoped to fill the position by the end of April. He also wished Espeland well in his transition away from Sublette County.

“He was a great asset to PHS and is going to be greatly missed,” Rich wrote.

Espeland went a combined 10-15 in his three seasons with the Wranglers. They reached the Class 2A playoffs in 2016, Espeland’s first year, to break a string of seven consecutive seasons without a playoff berth, but did not reach the postseason again in either of the next two seasons.

The position is currently open for applications.

Gillette, TorringtonEvanstonBig Piney and Wyoming Indian are also searching for new head coaches for 2019, while Kelly Walsh, Rock SpringsGlenrock and Lovell have already named new head coaches for next season. If you know of other head coaching changes statewide, please email me at


Updated 9:32 p.m. April 12 with comments from Espeland.

4 Thoughts on “Pinedale searches for new head coach

  1. Hey Jake,
    Long time hope all is well…keep in touch…
    I did not know you were an AD congrats….
    Michael Bates

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