Oil Bowl

Nathan County head football coach Steve Harshman pats an assistant coach on the shoulder after the Mustangs defeated Kelly Walsh to win the Oil Bowl on Oct. 6 at NC’s Cheney Alumni Field.

The Wyoming Coaches Association and National High School Athletic Coaches Association released Wednesday that nine Wyoming coaches were chosen as finalists for the National Coach of the Year award. Those coaches span the state and include two from Casper.

Natrona County football head coach Steve Harshman and Kelly Walsh cross-country coach Bryan Coventry were both nominated for their respective sports.

The Mustangs went 10-2 and finished as state runners-up for the second consecutive year under Harshman. The Trojan boys took sixth and the girls finished eighth at the state cross-country meet this season.

Other nominated coaches include Christina Mills (Shoshoni) for assistant girls’ coach of the year, Mitch Holst (Gillette) for girls basketball, Ty Draney (Star Valley) for boys basketball, Phil Rehard (Gillette) for swimming and diving, Norm Sedig (Cody) for tennis, Wenett Martin (Thunder Basin) for volleyball and Tom Seamans (Gillette) for wrestling.

Each coach joins seven other regional finalists with the winner being honored at the NHSACA national convention in Sioux Falls, S.D. Wyoming coaches were nominated by the WCA based on longevity, service to high school athletics, honors, championship years and winning percentage.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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