David Hastings, who was the head coach at Rock Springs from 2014-18, will be the new head football coach at Rawlins.

Rawlins activities director Kasey Garnhart shared the news of Hastings’ hiring via email on Thursday with wyoming-football.com.

Hastings will have his work cut out for him. The Class 3A Outlaws have had back-to-back winless seasons and enter 2022 on an 18-game losing streak.

Rock Springs went 21-29 with Hastings as head coach. He resigned after the 2018 season. The Tigers’ best season under Hastings came in 2016, when they finished 8-3 and reached the Class 4A semifinals.

Hastings also was the head coach at Lehi, Utah, and Sugar-Salem, Idaho, before coming to Rock Springs.

He will take over for Clayton McSpadden, who resigned in March after four seasons as head coach for the Outlaws.

Hastings did not reply to an email sent Thursday afternoon.

Cheyenne South, Burns and Pinedale have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are Jackson, Cokeville, Glenrock, Moorcroft, Big Piney and Farson. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Travis Romsa, an alumnus of Burns High School, has been hired as the head football coach at his alma mater.

Romsa, a 2014 graduate from Burns and later an all-America offensive lineman at Chadron State, was named as the new head coach for the Broncs on Tuesday via a Twitter post from Burns AD Barry Ward.

Romsa said via email Wednesday to wyoming-football.com that he has coached in Burns for the past three years. He has been both an assistant football and basketball coach for the Broncs in that time.

Romsa replaces Brad Morrison, who resigned after four seasons.

For more on Romsa’s hiring, check out Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

Cheyenne South and Pinedale have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are Jackson, Rawlins, Cokeville, Glenrock, MoorcroftBig Piney and Farson. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Jackson’s head football coach the past five years will now be the head coach for nearby Teton High School in Idaho.

David Joyce, who led the Broncs to back-to-back Class 3A title game appearances the past two seasons, has been hired for the same role at Teton, which is in Driggs, Idaho.

Joyce said via email Wednesday with wyoming-football.com that his family moved to the Idaho side of the border two years ago, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, when he and his wife purchased a home in Victor.

With his children in ninth, eighth and second grades, the commute to Jackson the past two years was tough on the family as a whole.

“This is gonna make family life a lot easier on our family,” Joyce said. “I have absolutely loved Jackson and coaching at Jackson, and will cherish the last five years, but it was not sustainable to live in Jackson with three kids or commute long term.”

Jackson activities director Mike Hansen said Joyce submitted his resignation about a week ago. Hansen also said the position is open for applications.

Hired with a history of turning around struggling programs, Joyce helped Jackson become a Class 3A force. After Jackson went 0-9 in Joyce’s first season in 2017, the Broncs went a combined 33-13 in the next four seasons. Jackson made the Class 3A semifinals in each of those seasons, a school record for consecutive semifinal qualifications, and was runner-up to Cody in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Jackson and Teton have played each other for each of the past 21 seasons; Jackson’s season opener on Aug. 26 will come against Teton.

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are Rawlins, Burns, Cokeville, Glenrock, Moorcroft, Big Piney and Farson. Meanwhile, Cheyenne South and Pinedale have hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Big Piney head coach Ryan Visser will leave his post with the Punchers to become the next head coach at Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum, Utah.

Visser posted his farewell to Big Piney on Twitter on Thursday.

He was hired at Big Piney in 2019. Visser’s teams at Big Piney went 16-12 the past three seasons, qualifying for the postseason in Class 2A in 2019 and 2021. The Punchers are scheduled to join Class 1A nine-man in 2022.

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are Rawlins, Burns, Cokeville, Glenrock, Moorcroft and Farson. Meanwhile, Cheyenne South and Pinedale have hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Burns head coach Brad Morrison has resigned his position leading the Broncs.

Morrison’s resignation was first reported Thursday on Twitter by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s Jeremiah Johnke.

Morrison had been Burns’ coach the past four seasons, going 15-19.

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are RawlinsGlenrock, Moorcroft, Cokeville and Farson. Meanwhile, Cheyenne South and Pinedale have hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

A few quick updates over the weekend:

Fixed the score for the 1959 Class B eight-man championship game on Nov. 14, 1959; Big Piney beat Moorcroft 25-12, not 15-12.

Added Cokeville’s 45-6 victory against Big Piney on Oct. 23, 1953, in Cokeville.

Updated the location of the November 1935 game between Cokeville and Inkom, Idaho; it was in Cokeville. The date is still unknown but was between Nov. 6 and Nov. 9.

Corrected Guernsey-Sunrise’s coach for 1995; it was Dean Rahmig, not Trevor Williams.

All of the updates have been made on all the relevant pages.

–patrick

Moorcroft’s head football coach is taking a new teaching and coaching job in Montana, leaving the Wolves’ top football coaching spot open.

Travis Santistevan, a native of Lusk, has spent the past four years as head football coach in Moorcroft.

Santistevan said via email to wyoming-football.com Thursday that he will move to Baker, Montana, before the next school year and will teach and coach there.

The Moorcroft position is listed as open on the Crook County School District No. 1 website.

The Wolves have opted down to play Class 1A nine-man football the past two seasons, as a lack of players has kept Moorcroft from playing at the Class 2A level. The Wolves will continue to do so for the next two years. As a consequence of opting down from Class 2A, Moorcroft is ineligible for the playoffs.

Under Santistevan, the Wolves went 3-5 for three consecutive years before finishing 0-8 last year. The program has had one winning season in the past 20 years.

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are RawlinsGlenrockCokeville and Farson. Meanwhile, Cheyenne South and Pinedale have hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Farson head football coach Trip Applequist has resigned after 10 seasons leading the Pronghorns.

Applequist confirmed his resignation via email to wyoming-football.com on Monday.

“It was an agonizing and difficult decision to step down as football coach,” Applequist wrote. “It has been a cherished experience and I have been so fortunate. I have had the opportunity to work with the most amazing and dedicated young men who have inspired the community and me personally. I have also been given the opportunity to work with an amazing coaching staff who are really the source of all the success that our program has seen. The support of the parents, administration, and community has been incredible.”

Applequist led the Pronghorns to two state championships and four appearances in title games in his decade as head coach. Combined, Farson has gone 66-29 with Applequist at the helm, including state championships and 11-0 seasons in both 2018 and 2020. Farson finished as runners-up in both 2016 and 2017.

Farson finished 3-4 last season, just missing the Class 1A six-man playoffs. The position was listed as open on Sweetwater County School District No. 1’s job listings for head coaches.

Applequist said he was interested in pursuing other passions, including a planned trip in June to climb Alaska’s Denali.

“The athletes deserve a coach that has the time and desire to commit to what it takes to be successful,” he wrote. ” … I am sad to be leaving football coaching behind, but excited about the possibilities ahead. I love high school football, and look forward to watching and cheering from the stands.”

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are RawlinsGlenrock and Cokeville. Meanwhile, Cheyenne South and Pinedale have hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Former Greybull head coach Eli Moody has been named the head coach at Cheyenne South.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle first reported Moody’s hiring on Friday.

Moody, a Lovell native and former University of Wyoming player, was Greybull’s head coach for the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons, twice taking the Buffaloes to the playoffs. He was an assistant coach for Cheyenne South last season.

He takes over for Dan Gallas, who retired at the end of last season. South enters the 2022 season on a 20-game losing streak, the longest active losing streak in the state.

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are Rawlins, Glenrock and Cokeville. Meanwhile, Pinedale has hired a new head coach for the upcoming season. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

The Rawlins Outlaw football team is searching for a new head football coach for the 2022 season.

Clayton McSpadden, a Rawlins alumnus, resigned after four seasons as the head coach. Rawlins activities director Kasey Garnhart said in an email Thursday to wyoming-football.com that a search is underway for a new coach. He said interviews taking place now, with an expected hire likely to be announced in April.

In his four seasons, McSpadden’s Outlaw teams finished a combined 6-29. The Class 3A Outlaws have not won a game the past two seasons.

McSpadden did not reply to an email sent Tuesday.

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are Cheyenne South, Glenrock and Cokeville. Meanwhile, Pinedale has hired a new head coach for the upcoming season. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

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