Former Natrona County principal Dean Kelly will coach the Midwest football team this season, according to a blog post on wyoming-football.com on Aug. 12.
Kelly, who also serves as the girls basketball coach at Midwest, replaces Ken Swieter, who resigned in June to take an assistant coaching job at Kelly Walsh. Swieter went 59-49 in 12 years coaching the Oilers. Midwest was the last school to fill its vacant coaching position.
Fourteen teams will have new head coaches this season, including three in Class 4A (Aaron Makelky at Kelly Walsh, Andrew Rose at Gillette and Mark Lenhardt at Rock Springs); two in 3A (Jim Burton at Evanston and Russell Steinmetz at Torrington); four in 2A (Ryan Collier at Glenrock, Nicc Crosby at Lovell, Ryan Visser at Big Piney and Clay Cundall at Pinedale); one in 1A/11-man (Nate Reinhardt at Wyoming Indian); and four in 1A/6-man (Kelly, Dave Largent at Kaycee, Zeb Hagen at Meeteetse, Chad Lobdell at NSI Academy and Taylen Arnett at Lusk).
Makelky coached at Big Piney for eight years before being hired to replace Jon Vance at Kelly Walsh while Lenhardt was at Torrington for eight years before taking over for David Hastings. Rose takes over a Gillette program that has finished 0-9 each of the past two years.
Makelky and Lenhardt are the only two new hires with football head coaching experience in Wyoming.
Class 4A teams were allowed to hold their first practices Monday, with the rest of the teams in the state allowed to begin practice Aug. 19.
The 2019 prep football season kicks off Aug. 30 with all 10 4A teams in action along with a handful of other schools. The state championships are set for Nov. 15-16 at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.