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 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


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