Tom Waring has resigned as head football coach at Wheatland, the school’s activities director Cedric Philo confirmed to the Star-Tribune on Wednesday. Waring submitted his letter of resignation to Philo weeks ago, in order to spend more time with his family and, specifically, his daughter as she begins junior high activities.
“Tom gave us a good bridge there,” Wheatland principal Josh Sandlian said. “We thank him for his willingness to step in, transition us, and put us in the directon of the long term. He’s a quality coach and I think the kids have benefited from his leadership.”
Waring coached at Wheatland for just two seasons. He began his stint with the Bulldogs the year after they won their most recent state championship. The team made the playoffs in both seasons under his guise, most recently losing to eventual Class 2A champion Mountain View 45-0 in the semifinals this season.
Waring previously coached at Hanna from 2009-12 and then at Rawlins in 2013. His overall coaching record stands at 30-39.
“He’s an experienced coach,” Sandlian said. “He’s experienced different success at where’s he’s coached at.”
Philo said that the administration will post the job opening when they return to school after the winter break. They plan to begin their search within the school district but will widen that search if the ideal candidate is not found.
Philo believes they will find a quality fit at the position because of the sports culture that has been created and the various athletic successes the school has had.
“Wheatland sports are kind of on the rise and we have some pretty skilled kids coming through,” he said. “Just a combination of kids that are still in the program and coaches we have here would be appealing to anyone who is looking towards that job.”
Philo hopes that whoever is hired is a long-term solution. Including Waring, both of Wheatland’s previous two coaches have only stayed for two seasons each.