SHERIDAN — University of Wyoming football head coach Craig Bohl has traversed the country in the last few weeks.
He visited New York City and accompanied Josh Allen to Dallas for the NFL Draft. However, Bohl felt more comfortable Sunday at Black Tooth Brewing Company for a Cowboy Joe Club function than he has anywhere else recently.
And Bohl didn’t shy away from stating his admiration for Sheridan to the entire bar.
“This town, I said it before, and you can put it in the newspaper. This is my favorite town in the state,” Bohl said. “I love Sheridan. Go Broncs and go Pokes.”
Bohl used to vacation at Eatons’ Ranch in nearby Wolf when he coached at North Dakota State. Since Bohl has taken the job at UW, he has frequented Sheridan to recruit and thank the Cowboy Joe Club members for the support, much like he did Sunday afternoon.
UW wrestling head coach Mark Branch and Cowgirl volleyball player Jackie McBride joined Bohl for the gathering Sunday.
Branch has visited Sheridan numerous times for many of the same reasons as Bohl. Branch most recently made his way up from Laramie to recruit former Sheridan High School wrestler Hayden Hastings.
Branch has also done plenty of meet and greets with donors and tireless supporters. Branch realizes that while Sheridan’s support isn’t always seen in person at matches in Laramie, it’s vital none the less.
“This is a great example of people who are loyal and dedicated fans,” Branch said.
“We understand during wrestling season or basketball season particularly, it’s hard to get down there to watch us. … So it’s nice to come up here because we do understand the importance of the support they give us.”
McBride understands it from the student-athlete perspective. She can see the facility improvements at the University of Wyoming, she can utilize equipment paid for with Cowboy Joe member money, and she appreciates every bit of it.
“I’m thankful to the donors that provide the student-athletes with the funds to build the facilities,” McBride said. “This is such a good opportunity to come out here and talk to them and get to know them.”
Sheridan County’s Cowboy Joe Club this past year raised about $175,000 and with the state of Wyoming match, that’s is around $350,000 from the county that has gone toward the continued growth of athletics within the state’s only four-year college.
Bohl and Branch have and will make severals more trips around the state to talk and interact with donors who allow their programs to operate at a high level.
But rest assured, no other community in the state, in Bohl’s mind, has or will have the same shine as Sheridan.