The Wyoming Coaches Association has found a unique way to still honor coaches in the state despite their clinic and banquet getting canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WCA Past President Mike Lashley announced last week a “WCA Banquet Tour” that is stopping in 27 towns across the Cowboy State so that Lashley can hand out WCA Coach of the Year Awards and Service Awards to various coaches.

The WCA had to cancel their Summer Coaches’ Clinic and Hall of Fame Banquet because of the pandemic. The clinics will be held virtually, but the banquet where coaches receive various honors and awards was called off altogether.

WyoPreps’ David Settle caught up with Lashley in the video above on one of his first stops during day one to discuss this “WCA Banquet Tour.” Lashley explained why he chose to do what he’s doing and hand-deliver this year’s 54 total awards. He was also very appreciative of the reception he’s received from coaches and the 27 communities he’s traveling to across the state on this grand adventure.

Day one saw Lashley visit Cheyenne, Laramie, Saratoga, Rawlins, Baggs, and Mountain View. Day two has stops in Afton, Cokeville, Big Piney, Lander, Ethete, and Riverton. Day three features award presentations in Thermopolis, Worland, Cody, Powell, Sheridan, and Big Horn. It wraps on Day four with stops in Gillette, Moorcroft, Sundance, Lusk, Douglas, Glenrock, and finally, Casper.

The Wyoming Coaches Association’s mission statement is “Supporting and recognizing athletes and coaches in Wyoming since 1964.” You can read more about the WCA by clicking here.

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