April 24, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Don Julian, who has spent six years at the University of Wyoming, is leaving his position as an assistant athletics director in the Cowboy Joe Club, to become the athletics director and head coach at Sheridan High School.
Julian will assume his new duties on May 14.
"We certainly want to thank Don for his time at Wyoming," Athletics Director Tom Burman said. "We knew there was an inherent risk in moving him into the Cowboy Joe position and away from football. We recognized his passion for coaching. He is a great Wyoming guy, and we wish he and his family the very best."
For four seasons, Julian was the Cowboys' Director of Football Operations. A 1989 graduate of UW, he spent his first season of 2002 as running backs coach on the Vic Koenning staff. When Joe Glenn was named head coach on Dec. 12, 2002, Julian was the only member of the Koenning staff who was retained.
"My family and I would first like to thank the University, and the athletics department," Julian said. "We have learned much over the last five years, and created great friends and relationships. It's hard to leave this University. There is no question it is heading down a great path. The Julians will always be proud members of the Wyoming family.
"Sheridan High School has given us an opportunity that we could not turn down," Julian continued. "I have a chance to get back into what I love and what I do best, working with youth in activities and football. There are great people in Sheridan, and they want to do all they can to support youth activities. I am excited about the prospects, and the chance to join the Sheridan community and school district in creating a new era of success."
Julian returned to UW in 2002 from Riverton (Wyo.) High School where he was the head football coach for nine seasons. He produced an outstanding record there winning four Wyoming 3A State Titles in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999. He was honored by the Wyoming Coaches' Association as the 3A Football Coach of the Year in each of those four title seasons. Following the 2001 season, Julian was selected as the Wyoming Coach of the Year by the National Federation Coaches' Association.
A student-athlete at the University of Wyoming, Julian was a member of the Cowboy wrestling squad, and also competed on UW's rifle team. He was a 1988 Western Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete.
A native of Kemmerer, Wyo., Julian and his wife Jeannie have three children, Katelynn, Tyler and Emily.