Paul Ronga, a veteran high school football coach who’s spent nearly three decades coaching in New York, will be the next head coach for the Laramie Plainsmen.

The Albany County School District announced Ronga’s hiring on its website Friday.

The district release said Ronga has spent more than 25 years in coaching, all in New York. Most recently, he was the head coach at Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor, New York, last year. He was also the head coach at Saunders High School in Yonkers, New York, from 2013-17; Lincoln High School in Yonkers, in 1997; and Iona Grammar School in New Rochelle, New York, in 1992.

Ronga takes over a Laramie program that hasn’t had a winning season since finishing as Class 4A runners-up in 2000.

“I am aware of the challenge ahead of me, and I will do all I can to give back to the community and to Laramie High School,” Ronga said in the release. “I have been a fan of Wyoming sports for many years, and I respect the excellent sports programs that Laramie High School has under (activities director) Ron Wagner. … I hope to work hand in hand with the assistants, players, administration, community, and Mr. Wagner to do all we can to rebuild and restore Laramie High School football and Plainsmen pride.”

Ronga has been involved in coaching high school football since 1992, the district release said. He also had high school coaching experience at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak, New York; Walter Panas High School; Haldane High School in Cold Spring, New York; Lincoln High School in Yonkers, New York; and Westlake High School in Thornwood, N.Y. He also was the president and coach of the Cortlandt Manor youth football organization, the Cortlandt Panthers, for four years.

Ronga was a running back at Marist College, finishing his career in 1988.

“He has close, personal connections to Laramie and has a passion and excitement for football that is contagious,” Wagner said in the release. “His preparation and attention to detail was evident during the hiring process and will serve LHS and the football program well.”

Class 1A nine-man program Greybull is the only other Wyoming program seeking a new head football coach at this point. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at


Below is the latest in my series of bar chart races — this one tracking coaching victories. Watch out for a newcomer in the 1980s who completely resets the standards…

Remember, using the bar at the top of the chart, you can pause, play or drag the slider to your favorite year. Or click here to see it larger.


A couple quick updates:

I added Glenrock’s coach for its first season, 1923 — it was C.H. Spearman.

I also added the first name for Glendo’s head coach in 1952, David Hamilton.

I also made some updates to the 1969 and 1970 Class A all-state teams; I had quite a few misspellings in those lists, and I did what I could to catch and fix all that I could. As always, if you see any misspellings anywhere on the site, please let me know!


Eli Moody, the head coach at Greybull the past three seasons, has resigned as the Buffaloes’ leader.

Greybull activities director Nolan Tracy confirmed Moody’s resignation in an email to on Friday. Moody did not return an email sent Thursday.

Greybull went to the playoffs twice in Moody’s three years but never advanced past the first round. In the last three years, Greybull has gone a combined 8-18.

The Buffs went 2-7 last year, falling to Lusk in the first round of the Class 1A nine-man playoffs.

Tracy said the position has not yet been posted, but he said the position would likely be posted after New Year’s.

Class 4A Laramie is also seeking a new head coach this offseason. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at


Clint Reed, who has been the head football coach at Laramie the past four seasons, won’t return as the Plainsmen’s head coach in 2021.

Reed’s resignation came Wednesday, a report from KOWB-1290 AM Radio in Laramie said. Laramie activities director Ron Wagner released a statement acknowledging Reed’s contributions to the program.

Reed confirmed via email to on Thursday that he was no longer part of the program.

“I would’ve liked to continue as a coach, but after discussions with our administration it became clear it was best for me to step down,” Reed said via email. “My hope is that the next coach will continue to work on the foundation and help Laramie become a competitive and winning program.”

Reed will continue to teach math at Laramie High School.

Reed has been with the Laramie program for close to two decades, the last four as head coach.

Laramie has a combined record of 10-29 the past four seasons, including a 2-8 mark in 2020. The Plainsmen haven’t had a winning season or won a playoff game since going 9-1 and finishing as Class 4A runners-up in 2000.

Reed’s resignation is the first reported head coaching change in Wyoming this offseason. If you know of other head coaching changes, please email me at


Note: This post was updated at 8:43 p.m. MST Dec. 17 with comments from Reed.

Some updates to the site:

I added a page for the annual award winners from the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Some coaching updates:

Added Midwest’s coach for 1940; it was Henry Hartwell.

Also added the first name for Laramie’s coach in 1923; it was Stewart Clark. It’s the same Stewart Clark who later went on to be the basketball coach at UW later in the 1920s.

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


Fewer new coaches were hired in the 2020 offseason than in any season in more than 20 years.

With only seven new head coaches statewide — Kevin Cuthbertson at Green River, Joe Campbell at Midwest, Chase Kistler at Powell, Greg Mendenhall at Riverside, Troy Anderson at Riverton, Dane Weaver at Ten Sleep and Patrick Sweeney at Worland — Wyoming has fewer new head coaches than in any year since 1997.

In 1997, as well as in 1996 and 1985, only six new head coaches were hired statewide, although Wyoming did have fewer football programs at those times.

Since 1997, the number of new head football coaches statewide has varied between eight and 14 in any given year. There were 14 new head coaches prior to both the 2018 and 2019 seasons.


Ten Sleep has selected Dane Weaver to be its football coach this season.

Ten Sleep activities director Sarah Novak confirmed Weaver’s hiring via email Thursday to In a separate email, Weaver said his hiring was made official Monday.

Weaver has been at Ten Sleep for the past three years and has been an assistant football coach for the Pioneers.

He was Wyoming’s teacher of the year for 2020. He teaches social studies at Ten Sleep.

The Pioneers, a Class 1A six-man team, have not fielded a team in either of the past two years due to low numbers. Practice for 3A, 2A and 1A teams starts Monday.

Four Class 3A programs — Green RiverPowellRiverton and Worland — as well as Class 1A nine-man Riverside and Class 1A six-man Midwest have also hired new head coaches since the end of last season.


This post was updated at 5:20 p.m. Aug. 13 to note Weaver’s hiring day.

The Riverside football program will have a new head coach for the 2020 season.

Greg Mendenhall, the Rebels’ junior high head football coach the past two years, will be recommended to be the high school program’s head coach when the Big Horn County School District No. 4 board meets on July 14.

Mendenhall takes over for Sam Buck, who resigned after seven seasons as head coach to take a special education teaching position in Cody.

In an interview Monday with, Mendenhall said his coaching experience is mostly with six-man football; he was the head coach in Terry, Mont., for three years before coming to Riverside three years ago. He also spent four years as an assistant coach at Terry and also coached track.

He teaches science at Riverside Middle School.

Buck took over as Riverside’s head coach midway through the 2013 season. Buck’s teams finished a combined 26-33, qualifying for the playoffs in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2016, the Rebels moved to six-man, but were ineligible for the playoffs each of the past four seasons.

Riverside finished 5-3 last season. Only one senior graduated from that team.

In an interview last week with, Buck said he also resigned his position as Riverside’s head girls basketball coach. Buck held that position position from 2011-13 and again from 2017-20. He said he will not be coaching in Cody but would like to return to coaching eventually.

Four Class 3A programs — Green RiverPowellRiverton and Worland — and Class 1A six-man Midwest have also hired new head coaches since the end of last season. If you know of other head coaching changes statewide, please email me at


Joe Campbell, who has spent several years as a youth football coach in Casper, will be the new head football coach at Midwest.

The school announced Campbell’s selection on its Facebook page on Wednesday.

Campbell, a Casper native, has spent 12 years coaching as part of the Casper Midget Football Association, the school’s post said.

Campbell replaces Dean Kelly, who was the Oilers’ head coach for one season.

Midwest, a Class 1A six-man program, finished the 2019 season 1-7 after forfeiting its final four games due to low numbers.

Four Class 3A programs — Green RiverPowellRiverton and Worland — have also hired new head coaches since the end of last season. If you know of other head coaching changes statewide, please email me at