Jun 12, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorJeremy Slack said he was shocked at first when he learned he was hired as the new football coach at Yuma High School in Colorado.
The 2006 Riverton High School graduate came to Yuma two years ago. He went to college at the University of Wyoming.
Yuma is in Colorado's Class 1-A division.
"An opportunity came up where the head coach was leaving town," Slack said. "I have always wanted to be a head coach. I was lucky enough to end up getting it."
Slack has been an assistant football coach for the past two seasons at Yuma.
"One thing that is going for me is that I know the kids that we have," Slack said. "They are comfortable with it."
Yuma went 3-6 last season on the gridiron. The school didn't advance into the playoffs.
"I learned a lot," Slack said. "That is going to help carry me into this new job."
Slack is a math teacher at Yuma. This next year, he will be teaching algebra I, college algebra, trigonometry and calculus.
"I wanted to be a math teacher since the sixth-grade," Slack said.
Colorado football divided into Class 5-A, 4-A, 3-A, 2-A, 1-A, Class A-6 man and Class A-8 man.
"1-A is pretty competitive, especially where we are at on the eastern slope," Slack said. "The more talented teams come from the east in 1-A. Every week we play is a challenge."
Jeremy's older brother, Brady Slack, has been hired to be the head coach of the Shoshoni High School boys basketball team.
"Growing up, we had a huge love of any sport," Jeremy said. "It was just a matter of time before we got into the coaching field. It has turned out that we became head coaches early on in our careers."
Brady started off as the head boys basketball at St. Stephen's. He was named the conference coach of the year after being let go during the regular season.
"Brady had great success at St. Stephen's," Jeremy said. "Hopefully, I can have that same type of success in the football field."
The brothers learn from each other.
"During basketball season, I would talk to him almost daily about doing certain drills," Jeremy said.
Jeremy played football for former Riverton High School football coach Brant Nyberg.
"I learned so much from coach Nyberg," Jeremy said. "One thing that he always taught me is that when you are a football player, you are held to higher standards and expectations. You have to take that upon yourself to represent your community."