The Wyoming Coaches Association released its list of recipients for Coach of the Year during the 2018 fall sports season on Wednesday. All of them led their respective teams to state championships.
Golf season ended first with six state championships crowned. Kelly Walsh head coach Craig Marsh swept the 4A categories there after the Trojans swept boys’ and girls’ fields at this year’s state meet for the second straight season. Lander’s Mike Watson won the 3A boys’ category after the Tigers completed their quest for back-to-back gold while Jeff Halley at Torrington was named Coach of the Year for the 3A girls after the Trailblazers won their first title in program history. Joey Johnson of Thermopolis was honored following the Bobcats’ first title since 2015 and Wright’s Allen Patz won in the 2A girls’ category after the Panthers completed back-to-back title campaigns. Torrington assistant John Gibson was named Assistant Golf Coach of the Year.
Cheyenne Central tennis head coach Karen Clark won Coach of the Year honors in both boys and girls as the Tribe swept tennis. The boys won their first title since 2009 while the girls won their fourth in five years.
In cross country, Ryan Berger earned the honor for the 4A boys after overseeing Evanston’s first state championship in program history. Jackson’s Jeff Brazil received the 3A boys honor after the Broncs won their first championship since 2011, and Rex Hohnholt of Saratoga-Encampment took the 2A boys award after the co-op won gold for the second time in three seasons.
Becky Sondag was honored in the 4A girls category after the Fillies won their first championship since 1984. Brazil was also named 3A girls coach of the year as Jackson won its fourth championship in five years. Thermopolis’ Stephanie Metz, who guided the Bobcats to their first championship in program history, was the 2A girls recipient.
Cheyenne Central’s John Bogus was named Assistant Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Girls swimming and diving followed, where Laramie’s Tom Hudson and Lander’s Shawna Morgan received the honor in 4A and 3A, respectively. Hudson’s Lady Plainsmen completed a repeat championship season while Morgan’s Tigers won their third consecutive state championship. Laramie’s Tamara Bretting was named Assistant Girls’ Swimming Coach of the Year.
Kelly Walsh volleyball head coach Jeff Barkell was honored as 4A Coach of the Year after the Trojans completed their quest for a repeat championship. Lyman’s Brecia Hansen was honored after the Eagles finished undefeated and won the first title since 1994 for the program. Wright head coach Sarah Seamands oversaw the Panthers’ return to the top, a fourth in five years, and received the 2A honor. Bill Thompson earned the honor in 1A after coaching Cokeville to its 23rd title in program history.
Courtney Walker of Lyman was named Assistant Volleyball Coach of the Year.
Following Natrona County’s breakthrough, Steve Harshman was named 4A Football Coach of the Year. The Mustangs won their first title since 2014 — 14th overall — last month. Star Valley’s McKay Young received the 3A honor after the Braves returned to the championship podium for the third time in four seasons. The WCA awarded Buffalo’s Rob Hammond in 2A after the Bison won their first state championship since 2005. Kirk McLaughlin oversaw one of the most dominant teams in Wyoming high school football and was honored after Big Horn ran through 1A/11-Man undefeated. Head coach Marvin Applequist earned the award in 1A/6-Man after overseeing Farson’s first title in program history.
Andrew Marcure of Big Horn and Keith Nate of Cokeville both earned Assistant Football Coach of the Year honors.
The WCA also honored two junior high/middle school coaches. Both Tim Smock of Lingle-Fort Laramie and Bud Sorenson of Casper’s Dean Morgan received Coach of the Year honors on Wednesday.
All of the recipients will be honored at the annual WCA Hall of Fame banquet in Casper this summer.