WCA Hall of Fame
The Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame Board has announced the names of the 2011 Hall of Fame inductees. They will be inducted on July 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Parkway Plaza Convention Center in Casper, Wyoming. The five inductees are:
1. Patrick O’Connor, who served as Lingle’s Head football coach and also as an assistant track, wrestling, and football coach as well as coaching junior high sports at Torrington and Lingle since 1975.
2. Maggie Hokanson, who has coached both volleyball and girls basketball at Kaycee High School since 1989. Her 2010 volleyball team won the state championship this and she has also served as the WCA All-Star coordinator.
3. LeRoy Hayes, longtime coach at Thermopolis High School since 1977 where he has been the Head Track and Wrestling coach as well as serving as an assistant in football, wrestling, and track. LeRoy served as the WCA President and was also the Region 7 Assistant Coach of the Year finalist.
4. Frank McCarthy, who began coaching girls basketball in 1982 at Powell H.S. and has also had head coaching stints at EWC, MSU-Billings, MSU-Bozeman and is presently the head women’s basketball coach at Sheridan College.
5. Paul Prosinski, who began his career as the head girls basketball coach in Newcastle in 1981, as well as serving as an assistant football, boys basketball, and track coach. He is was the Head boys basketball coach at Buffalo H.S. where his 2010 team was State Runner-ups, and the 2009 team won the state championship.
Three outstanding individuals will be awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the WCA Hall of Fame that same evening:
- Ina Hubbell, a pioneer, leader, and coach of girls sports in Wyoming. She has coached a number of different sports over the past 30 years and has also served as the Athletic Director at Lovell H.S.
- Mac Rawhouser, longtime coach at Big Piney High School. Mac has been the Head Boys and Girls Basketball coach and has also assisted as a boys and girls basketball, track, and football coach. Mac also served on the WCA Board for many years.
- Gene Monterastelli, referee from Casper, who has served the state for many years as an official in basketball, soccer, and football. He has also served as a judge at state events such as forensics and band. Gene was inducted into the Sports Officials Hall of Fame in 2009.