Todd Ghormley has informed the Wyoming Indian athletic department that he intends to resign as the Chiefs’ football coach. That decision would become official at the upcoming school board meeting, activities director Keith Bauder told the Star-Tribune on Tuesday.
Wyoming Indian went a combined 3-34 in Ghormley’s five seasons as head coach.
Ghormley, who did not respond to the Star-Tribune’s request for comment on Tuesday, previously told wyoming-football.com that he intends to stay within Wyoming Indian, where he is also the head wrestling coach.
The Chiefs struggled to fill a varsity schedule throughout Ghormley’s tenure. They forfeited at least the final two games of both the 2016 and 2017 season, and only played one varsity opponent last season.
Because the Chiefs play in Class 1A/11-Man West Conference in a swarm of other programs who also had to forfeit games due to low numbers, the Chiefs could have advanced to the playoffs for the first time in program history by beating Rocky Mountain in the season’s final week — that was the only varsity game on the Chiefs’ schedule. Instead, the game was called after three quarters with Rocky Mountain winning 64-0.
The Chiefs had just 16 players last season. Bauder is uncertain how that number may fluctuate in 2019. He confirmed that the Chiefs’ three non-conference games scheduled for the 2019 season are against junior varsity opponents.
“We’ve got decent numbers but I don’t know how many will stick it out from last year’s team,” Bauder said. “Just hoping to hang on for another season until hopefully this nine-man football comes through.”
Bauder referred to the current conversations of eliminating Class 1A/11-Man and replacing with a nine-man classification. While it’s been shopped around the state, no official motion has come forward at a Wyoming High School Activities Association Board of Directors meeting. In order for the potential nine-man classification to be implemented by the 2020 season it would need to clear first and second readings by the September 2019 board of directors meeting.