WCA Inducts Keith Nate of Cokeville into Hall of Fame
Cokeville native Keith Nate had an enormous impact on his hometown high school. He was a career assistant coach and worked under Todd Dayton in football for 40 years. During Nate's tenure, Cokeville won 20 state titles and played in the championship game 25 times. Nate was in charge of the guys on the line of scrimmage and line coaches are a special breed.
He was also an assistant coach in girls basketball under Briant Teichert; a span that covered a total of 34 years. The Panthers won 11 state championships and played in the title game 18 times. Assistant coaches don't usually receive the accolades and credit that head coaches do, but Nate is a shining example of the men and women who work outside of the limelight to get things done.
It's no surprise that Nate has the credentials to be inducted into the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class in 2021. He joins Laramie's Gil Bradfield, Glenrock's Ray Kumpula, Powell's Nate Urbach, and Gillette's James Hinshaw, Casper's Tom Rowley, and Jackson's Tom Ralson in that 2021 class.
Torrington's Tory Bugher and Casper's Sheryl Schrofel were inducted into the Hall of Fame for their work at the Junior High and Middle School levels.
We had a chance to talk with Keith Nate at the WCA banquet last month and he shared his thoughts on a number of subjects.
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