Wrestling coaches call it quits

Longtime Cokeville wrestling coach Marty Linford hugs Micah Petersen after winning this year’s state championship, as assistant Coach Darren Moody cheers. Linford is retiring after 22 years with CHS and Moody is retiring after 27 years with the program. (GAZETTE PHOTO/Don Cogger)

Head coach Marty Linford has stepped down after coaching wrestling at Cokeville High School for 22 years. During that time he coached seven team state championship teams and 44 individual state champions. He was recognized seven times as coach of the year.

He was nominated three times for national coach of the year and won that title once. Linford will be inducted into the Wyoming Activities Association Coaches Hall of Fame this year.

Linford has turned the reins over to one of his own individual state champions, Sullivan Teichert, who hopes to continue that winning spirit.

Assistant coach Darren Moody will step down from coaching, as well, following 27 years with CHS wrestling. He began his career under Richard Pieper with whom he coached for five years.

Coach Moody has coached alongside Linford for the last 22 years.During that time, Moody has been a role model on and off the mat for his athletes. He helped do all the little things to help the program be successful. He wrestled with his athletes up to the very end.

Moody was recognized as assistant coach of the year by the Wyoming High School Coaches Association and received special recognition from Big Piney head coach Cole Clifford for exceptional sportsmanship.

His friendly and happy disposition has brought many lifelong friends across the state in the sport of wrestling.