Two long-tenured and well-respected coaches in Laramie were honored by the Wyoming Coaches Association on Monday.

Tom Hudson and Clint Swierczek were recipients of ‘Coach of the Year’ Awards and a Service Award from the WCA in a small ceremony at Laramie High School.

WCA Past President Mike Lashley is on a “Banquet Tour” to present awards to coaches around the state. His second stop in a four-day tour around the state was Laramie. The tour is being done in place of the WCA Coaches' Clinic and Hall of Fame Banquet that typically takes place in mid-July in Casper but was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lashley presented Laramie head swimming and diving coach Tom Hudson with two ‘Coach of the Year’ Awards for the 2019-20 academic school year, as both the Laramie girls and boys won the Class 4A State Swimming and Diving Championships.

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Hudson was very appreciative to have his two plaques hand-delivered.

“It’s really nice that Mike (Lashley) was able to come around and do this. You know, he’s making a tour all around the state of Wyoming and delivering in-person, and I think that’s a great gesture from Mike Lashley and the Wyoming Coaches Association.”

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Hudson knows that if you receive these, it means you’ve had success in the past school year.

“It’s always nice to get a ‘Coach of the Year’ Award. It speaks to the other coaches in the program and the quality that I have helping me, and then the great kids we have here at Laramie High School.”

Lashley then presented a ‘40-Year Service Award’ to Swierczek, who has coach multiple sports through the years at Laramie Junior High/Laramie Middle School.

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Swierczek said I’m just so honored.

“To have that (Service Award) and be recognized by the (Wyoming) Coaches Association. It’s been a great career and I can’t say enough about the school district supporting me, and my family supporting me, and like I said, just a great honor.”

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Swierczek added that he’s proud to have served as a coach for so long.

“Mike Lashley from the (Wyoming) Coaches Association, he called me a couple of weeks ago and told me I was going to get that (Service Award), and I thought I was kind of close to having this amount of years, so yeah, great award.”

If you’ve had a son or daughter come through the Albany County School District No. 1 in Laramie, there’s a pretty good chance they’ve been taught or coached by one of these two gentlemen, and perhaps both.

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