Longtime Moorcroft football coach Carl Mirich passed away Monday at his home.
Mirich graduated from Upton High School and went on to attend Sheridan College and Black Hills State. He was a five-sport letterman at Black Hills State and was named the school's Athlete of the Year in 1963. He was selected to the Black Hills State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.
After a short stint in Oregon, Mirich returned to Wyoming in 1970 where he continued to teach and coach until his retirement.
Mirich took over as the Wolves' head football coach in 1980 and led the team for 23 seasons (1980-2002). He compiled a 110-83 record and took Moorcroft to the playoffs 13 times. In 1996 he coached the Wolves to a 10-0 record and the Class 1A-Division I state championship. That remains Moorcroft's only state football title. Mirich also coached the Moorcroft boys basketball team from 1984-2003.