Coach of the Year

Bullington earns 9th career state title in 2020

By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Coaches Editor

Southeast football coach Mark Bullington has seen his share of state titles in his 22 years as head coach.

This season, the Southeast football team brought the coach his ninth career state championship with a victory over Lutz in the Wyoming 1A state championship game.

“That’s one of our goals every year,” Southeast coach Mark Bullington said. “This year, we had speed, size and depth. We play 9-man football, and we were short on linemen. It fit us to a ‘T’.”

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was the first time in 11 years all state championship games weren’t played at the University of Wyoming’s War Memorial Stadium.

“As far as players getting sick or games getting cancelled, we were pretty fortunate,” Bullington said. “It was a pretty normal season for us. The big thing for us was that our seniors had plenty of experience. Some of them started as freshmen due to a lack of numbers. So, some started all four years.”

Those seniors went 0-8 as sophomores and 6-3 as juniors before leading the team to an undefeated season in the fall. Continuity has led to consistency.

“Our coaching staff has been in place for a while,” Bullington said. “Our two coordinators played for me in junior high, and they’re both turning 40 this year. We have some history together.”

“Our coaching staff has been in place for a while,” Bullington said. “Our two coordinators played for me in junior high, and they’re both turning 40 this year. We have some history together.”

Bullington teaches auto/woods classes at Southeast High School in Yoder, Wyoming. He’s been teaching for 41 years, and he served as an assistant for 16 years before taking over the head coaching position in 1999

Following the 2020 season, Bullington was named the Wyoming Coaches’ Association 1A 11-Man Coach of the Year.

“We’ve had some good runs,” Bullington said. “I think it’s trending in that direction again. Whether we played in 1A or 2A doesn’t matter to me as long as we get consistent numbers for player participation.”