The administration shake-up at Meeteetse has been completed with Scott McBride taking over as principal and athletic director, and boys basketball coach Zeb Hagen once again taking head football coach responsibilities. This comes after former activities director and football coach Matthew Jensen resigned in favor for the principal opening at Riverside. Former principal Jason Wheeler told the Star-Tribune weeks ago of the news, which Park County School District No. 16 superintendent Shane Ogden confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
Hagen served as assistant football coach last season and previously coached the Longhorns from 2006-08 in the Montana six-man classification before Wyoming adopted six-man football in 2009. The Longhorns went 15-13 in those three years. Hagen will remain boys basketball coach at Meeteetse as well.
“We have created an amazing program and I anticipate that we’ll continue to build upon that,” Ogden told the Star-Tribune. “We’re very happy with where we are at and the prospects that we have.”
Hagen inherits the program after Jensen’s successful six-year run as Longhorns head coach. During that time the program went 48-16, making the semifinals in five seasons and the state championship game twice. The Longhorns won the 2013 Class 1A/6-man championship in Jensen’s first season.
Ogden thanked Jensen for his time with the program and the impression he left. He also stated that his confidence in the program going forward has been solidified by the excitement passed along onto the new coaching staff.
Hagen was one of 11 potential coaches that interviewed in front of the new full hiring committee. Ogden informed the Star-Tribune that a new hiring committee — consisting of himself, members of the Meeteetse Six-Man Booster Club, McBride, two parents, a community member and a representative from a neighboring school district — sat down for a 30-minute conventional interview and oversaw a 10-minute practice session for potential candidates. Ogden said he’s fully confident in the coaches found through that process.
“We re-wrote the philosophy for coaches and programs,” Ogden said. “We went through a little bit of training as a group and went through what we’d be doing and used a consensus model.”
Meeteetse’s Week 1 opponent is still to be determined. The Longhorns then go on the road to face St. Stephens the next week. Their first known home game is Week 3 (Sept. 20) against Snake River.