Wyoming’s newest high school football program will be in Casper.

Casper Christian School, which opened last year, will offer athletics for the first time this year, starting with six-man football and basketball.

CCS became a member of the Wyoming High School Activities Association and will play a sub-varsity six-man schedule this year. The Mountaineers will play Midwest in Week 0 to start the season for both programs. CCS football coach Ryan Harrison said via email the rest of the program’s schedule is in flux, as no other games are set and “we have become many teams’ backup options if another game on their schedule falls through.”

WHSAA Commissioner Ron Laird said via email Thursday that Casper Christian School will spend this year and next year playing a sub-varsity schedule, “and then will need to show that they have the numbers to sustain varsity level numbers.”

Harrison said about 10 students will make up the football team to start the season, but more could show up as the season starts. He said about 60 students will be enrolled to start the year across the seven grades (6-12) that the school offers. That is up from the 40 students enrolled last year, the school’s first. Home-school students will also be eligible to play sports.

He said he envisions the program growing as the school grows.

“Our expectation is that we will not be a six-man program forever,” Harrison said. “Casper is large enough that we have a lot of room to grow and I foresee us growing to the nine-man and eventually the 11-man levels at some point. Who knows how long that will take and what type of success we will have at the six-man level before that point, but I’m excited to see how everything turns out this year.”

Right now, Harrison said the only other sport on the horizon is boys basketball, but it too will play at the sub-varsity level to start. However, middle-school football and basketball, as well as volleyball, are also in the planning stages.

“At the size we’re at right now, it’s just about the interest our students have and if we can field a team or not,” he said.

CCS shares its building with the Restoration Church on the east side of Casper. It offers classes for sixth through 12th graders.

–patrick

A former assistant coach for Wright’s linemen will take over for one of Wyoming’s most experienced head coaches this season.

Adam Shankle, who was Wright’s offensive line coach for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, has been selected as the Panthers’ new head coach. He will replace Larry Yeradi, who stepped down after 27 years as the Panthers’ head coach.

Shankle teaches social studies at Gillette’s Sage Valley Junior High. He was selected Thursday, he said in a phone call with wyoming-football.com on Friday.

Shankle moved to Campbell County in 2019 after spending six years as a middle-school line coach in his home state of Ohio. He was a line coach with Sage Valley’s seventh graders last year, he said.

“I’m happy to be back on the sideline in Wright and happy to be back with these boys,” he said. “(I) can’t wait to see what that equates to this season.”

Yeradi said he resigned his football coaching position in part to spend more time with is family and to have the chance to watch his son Dax play football for Chadron State.

Yeradi said he will remain at Wright as co-activities director and head wrestling coach. He will also assist with the football program and with track, as well.

One of Wyoming’s longest-tenured head coaches, Yeradi took over the Wright program in 1995. In his 27 years as head coach, he helped Wright to the playoffs 17 times, including an appearance in the Class 2A championship game in 2005.

Wright was 4-5 last season and was a Class 1A nine-man playoff qualifier.

Yeradi has accounted for more than 70% of the victories in Wright’s program history. He finished with a career record at Wright of 93-139.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlins, Burns, Cokeville, Glenrock, Pinedale, Big Piney, Lusk, Moorcroft, Wind River, Farson and Ten Sleep have also 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

Dan Cheatham, formerly an assistant at Snake River, will be Ten Sleep’s new head football coach this season.

Ten Sleep activities director Ernie Beckley confirmed Cheatham’s hiring via text to wyoming-football.com on Wednesday.

Cheatham takes over a program that has not fielded a team in three of the past four seasons. The Pioneers fielded a team in 2020 but did not have enough players to make a go of it in 2018, 2019 or 2021.

He was a science teacher at Snake River and was an assistant football coach with the Rattlers. He has also previously taught at Cloud Peak Middle School in Manderson. He could not be reached via telephone this week.

Cheatham takes over for Dane Weaver, who was Ten Sleep’s coach in 2020, going 1-7 in his only season.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurnsCokevilleGlenrockPinedaleBig Piney, Lusk, Moorcroft, Wind River and Farson have also 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

Chris Skeen, an assistant with the Lusk football program for the past nine seasons, will be the Tigers’ new head coach this season.

Skeen’s hiring was approved during a meeting of the Niobrara County School District No. 1 board on Monday, Lusk activities director Ryan Nelson said via email to wyoming-football.com Wednesday.

Skeen teaches social studies in Lusk. He replaces Nelson, who recently resigned after seven seasons as the Tigers’ head coach but will remain as the school’s AD. Skeen could not be reached via email Wednesday.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurnsCokevilleGlenrockPinedaleBig PineyMoorcroftWind River and Farson have also 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

Lusk’s football team will have a new head coach next season.

Ryan Nelson, who had led the Tigers since 2015, recently resigned as the team’s head coach.

Nelson, a native of Lusk, confirmed his resignation to wyoming-football.com via email on Thursday. Nelson said he will remain at Lusk as activities director and as a special education teacher.

“My responsibilities as AD have changed a bit and I’ll be working on further certification in that area,” Nelson wrote. “I also want to be able to follow my daughter in volleyball over her final two years of high school.”

Nelson’s Tiger teams went a combined 29-30 in his seven seasons, including a Class 1A nine-man runner-up finish in 2020. Lusk finished 6-3 last season, losing in the first round of the nine-man playoffs to Wind River.

The head coaching position was listed as open on the Niobrara County schools website. Niobrara County schools Superintendent George Mirich and high school Principal Robyn Heth did not respond to emails sent this week.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurnsCokevilleGlenrockPinedaleBig PineyMoorcroft and Wind River have hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. The other program in Wyoming seeking a new head coach this year is Farson. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Wind River has named former activities director Rod Frederick as the school’s next head football coach.

Frederick’s hiring was approved during the June 13 meeting of the Fremont County School District No. 6 board, board documents show, and Principal Justin Walker verified the hiring via email to wyoming-football.com on Wednesday.

Frederick teaches first grade at Wind River Elementary.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurnsCokeville, GlenrockPinedaleBig Piney and Moorcroft have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. The other program in Wyoming seeking a new head coach this year is Farson. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Carl Federer, a 17-year veteran of the Glenrock football program, will take over as the Herders’ new head coach in 2022.

Federer confirmed his hiring via email Monday with wyoming-football.com.

His hiring was completed at the May 26 meeting of the Converse County School District No. 2 board. Federer was part of the coaching staff on Glenrock’s last state championship in 2008.

Glenrock, a Class 2A East program, finished 2-7 last season. Federer takes over for Paul Downing, who was the Herders’ coach for one season.

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

–patrick

Former Rawlins head coach Clayton McSpadden will take over the same position at Moorcroft this fall.

Moorcroft activities director Dusty Petz verified McSpadden’s hiring via email with wyoming-football.com on Saturday. Crook County School District No. 1 board documents show McSpadden was hired to teach PE at Moorcroft’s secondary school on May 16.

McSpadden resigned as Rawlins’ head coach earlier this year after four seasons leading the Outlaws.

He will replace Travis Santistevan, who resigned to teach and coach in Baker, Montana.

Moorcroft, a Class 1A nine-man program, went 0-8 last season.

Cheyenne SouthJacksonRawlinsBurns, CokevillePinedale and Big Piney have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are GlenrockWind River and Farson. If you know of other head coaching changes in the state, please email me at pschmiedt@yahoo.com.

–patrick

Mykah Trujillo, Wind River’s head football coach the past seven seasons, has resigned to take a new job in Evanston and be closer to his family.

In an email Thursday to wyoming-football.com, Trujillo said he was moving to near Woodruff, Utah, to provide help for the ranch of his wife’s family. Both he and his wife will continue to work in the schools in Evanston.

Although the Cougars went a combined 20-40 the past seven seasons, they had a breakthrough season in 2021. The Cougars were 7-3 last season and were Class 1A nine-man semifinalists, losing to eventual state champion Shoshoni to end their season.

“It’s a tough year to leave,” Trujillo said. “We are coming off a great season and are returning most players and have replacements for the seniors that left.

” … Kids know the expectation, (and) equipment is completely upgraded. The weights facility was a huge push for me and has been upgraded,  is arguably the best in 1A and 2A and probably some 3A schools.”

Trujillo said he will most miss the players and helping them grow as people, and “it’s hard to walk away from.”

Trujillo said although he will not coach next year, he may eventually return to coaching in the Evanston or Rich County, Utah, area if the right opportunity comes along.

He also said Wind River has not yet hired a replacement.

Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are CokevilleGlenrockMoorcroftBig Piney and Farson. Meanwhile, Cheyenne South, JacksonRawlinsBurns 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 coach with diverse experience at the high school and college level will be the new head football coach at Jackson.

David White, who most recently was the head coach at Blue Springs High School in Missouri, has been selected as the new head coach of the Class 3A Broncs, Jackson activities director Mike Hansen said in an email Thursday to wyoming-football.com.

White also coached at two major colleges, working with Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma teams from 2007-10, with much of that time as the program’s recruiting coordinator. He was also the running backs coach at Nevada from 2017-19.

He was the head coach at Rigeland High School in Mississippi in 2019 and was at Blue Springs the past two years.

“We are excited to bring on Coach White and look forward to seeing the Bronc Football program continue to grow and develop into one of the best programs in Wyoming,” Hansen wrote.

White was also the head football coach at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas from 2003-06, winning three league championships and coaching future NFL players Demarco Murray and Xavier Grimble.

He was also the head coach at Socorro High in El Paso, Texas, for two years and at Lake Havasu, Arizona, for a year, and also spent several years working with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, an all-star game for high schoolers from across the country.

White played collegiately at UNLV and was a tight end for the Rebels, finishing his college playing career in 1995.

Jackson has finished as the Class 3A runner-up the past two seasons. White replaces David Joyce, who resigned after five years to become the head coach at nearby Teton, Idaho.

Cheyenne South, RawlinsBurns and Pinedale have also hired new head coaches for the upcoming season. Other programs in Wyoming seeking new head coaches this year are 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

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