(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Rustler Basketball program has received 55 applicants to date for the open Men’s Basketball Head Coaching position, said Central Wyoming College Dean of Students and Athletic Director Steve Barlow. Jack Nelson, who directed the program for the past two seasons, announced his resignation earlier this month. His two-year record at CWC was 41-21, including two consecutive 20-win seasons. Barlow told the board of trustees Wednesday night that the job was only posted on July 12th and the large number of applicants spoke well of the local program. Nelson left to become the Associate Head Coach at the University of Sioux Falls, where he previously was an assistant coach.
CWC is also looking for an assistant rodeo coach. That job was posted in mid-June.
Overall, Central athletes are doing well in the classroom. A total of 30 Rustlers were awarded Region IX Academic Awards for maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 GPA or higher and 22 athletes were NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award winners requiring a minimum GPA of 4.00 GPA for First Team, 3.8-3.99 GPA for Second Team and 3.6-3.79 GPA for Third Team. Four CWC teams have been nominated for NJCAA Academic Team of the Year (team GPA of 3.0 or higher) including men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s basketball and volleyball.
2017-18 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Award Recipients:
First Team (4.0 GPA)
- Brenna Blaser, women’s basketball
- Joseph Crane, men’s cross country
- Bailey Forney, women’s basketball
- Riley Haderlie, volleyball
- Rebekah Hutchinson, women’s cross country
- Garret Phillips, men’s golf
- Olivia Shippen, women’s basketball
- Ben Stoinski, men’s golf
- Brooklenn Thompson, volleyball
Second Team (3.8-3.99 GPA)
- Kassi Falslev, volleyball
- Shelby Branstetter, women’s basketball
- Tara Cottrill, women’s golf
- Chelsey Drury, women’s basketball
- Kaleb Spiva, men’s golf
- Brayden Wirick, men’s cross country
- Ariana Curtis, women’s golf
- Alyssa Barkhurst, volleyball
Third Team (3.6-3.79 GPA)
- Drew Switzer, men’s basketball
- Samalie Prom, women’s golf
- Brayle Crosman, women’s basketball
- Marissa Arnold, women’s basketball
- Megan Krahenbuhl, women’s basketball
Three Rodeo athletes were awarded the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Scholar American Award for maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher, and who earned points during the 2017-18 season. Those students are Hadly McCormick, Nate Weyrich and Deni Lou Nicholls. Many of our student-athlete’s also made the Dean’s and President’s list for the 2017-18 academic year.