New Central Boys BBall HC Jim Shaffer says opening was “too good of a situation” to not pursue and accept

Published: May. 28, 2022 at 12:27 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - New Cheyenne Central Boys Basketball Head Coach Jim Shaffer has “been there” and “done that”. The Indians will be the ninth team that the Wyoming Coaches Association Hall of Famer has coached in a career that has stretched nearly 40 seasons.

“I’m to the point now, with as long as I’ve been doing this, this is going to be my last job,” said Shaffer. “I think with all of them you want to leave the program better than it was when you got there.”

In addition to three separate head coaching jobs in Colorado, Shaffer has coached at Newcastle, Lander Valley, Evanston, Cheyenne South, and (most recently) Laramie. He was the first ever coach at South in 2010. Shaffer took the Bison from a team that won only one game against a varsity opponent while playing a 3A schedule in 2010-2011 to a team that played in a state championship game in 2015-2016.

Shaffer called the Central Boys Basketball head coach position “one of the 2-3 best jobs in the State of Wyoming” and he said it was too good a position to not pursue and accept if offered. He has led Wyoming teams to a state title game four times. He took Lander Valley to the state championship in 1992 and 1994, Evanston to the state championship in 2001, and South to the state championship in 2016.

Shaffer will be an academic interventionist at Central and will begin the interview process for his assistant coaches next week.

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