The head coaches for the 2017 Wyoming Shrine Bowl football game were selected by fellow high school head coaches around the state from a pool of nominated candidates.

John Scott of Tongue River High School, who led the Eagles to the 1A state championship game earlier this fall, will coach the North team.

“I am grateful to have been chosen for this opportunity and look forward to teaming with Wyoming’s best high school players and the Shriners towards such a worthy cause,” said Coach Scott.

He recently resigned as coach of TR, but will stay with the program as activities director.

He been a Wyoming Shrine Bowl Head Coach twice before, (1995 with Kemmerer and 2001 with Gillette), winning on both occasions.

The South squad will be headed by Will Gray of Pine Bluffs High School, 2016 1A state champions.

“It is very exciting to work with the best of the best while also representing a great cause,” stated Coach Gray. “I hope to represent our school and community well and have some fun doing it.”

Gray has been a Wyoming Shrine Bowl assistant coach in the past, but never the head coach until now.

Scott and Gray will now select the assistant coaches from all classes on their respective sides.

Once the assistants are chosen, the staffs will then determine the players to represent the North and South teams.

“We are excited to have Coach Scott and Coach Gray as the head coaches of the 44th annual Shrine Bowl game,” said John Cundall, Executive Director of the Wyoming Shrine Bowl. “It is always an honor to be selected as a head coach of this game with such strong candidates nominated from the Wyoming high school ranks. It will be another great game that benefits a very deserving cause.”

The game will be held on June 10, 2017 in Casper.

Money raised from the game is directly donated to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The North has won 7 straight games in the series vs. the South, and is 8-0-1 in the last 9.