Every year, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association has every state give nominations for 19 different sports. This year, the Wyoming Coaches Association nominated Brady DeKrey for the National Cross-Country Coach of the year. The awards committee for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association is made up of seven individuals who evaluate all applications and come up with the top eight people. The categories that they evaluate on are longevity, local, state and national involvement, honors, winning percentage and championship years. Brad has 31 years of coaching experience; he has spoken at four national conventions; has been the Wyoming Coaches Association cross-country representative for six years; has been on the Hall of Fame Committee and the Executive Secretary for the Wyoming Coaches Association for five years; has been selected as Boys’ Cross-Country Wyoming Coach of the Year seven times by the Wyoming Coaches Association; and the Conference Coach of the year 18 times; Brad had 2545 wins and 895 losses, 6 state championships, 12 runner ups and 18 regional championships. For theses reason, Brad was selected as the National Cross-Country Coach of the Year.
For the last 32 years there has been one constant for the Rock Springs High School girls and boys cross country team – one steady rock that has pushed the program to be a state contender almost every single season. That constant is Mr. Brad DeKrey and on June 26, 2019 Mr. DeKrey attended the National Coach of the Year Awards Banquet to hear his name announced for this prestigious award. Such success is evident through his tenure as when the girls earned their first ever state title in 1990 and the boys earning a state title in 1995. With this start, the program has never looked back and has stayed at the preverbal top ever since. From 1995-1998 the girls earned four straight runner-up finishes, with sustained success from the boys team resulting in 11 straight years of top-two finishes, including five state titles. Continually, the championships came in bunches, as the Tigers won three in a row from 1995-1997 and then went back to back in 2004 and 2005.
This passion and success has not only resulted in National Coach of the Year honors, but Mr. DeKrey will also be inducted in to the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame next year. Mr. DeKrey’s resume will boast sending close to 50 athletes on to Division I programs. Rock Springs High School and Sweetwater County School District #1 would like to honor and recognize Mr. Brad DeKrey for his time, commitment, and passion in helping students succeed, both on and off the track. Congratulations!