On Wednesday, Cheyenne South girls track coach Scott Foley handed Cheyenne Central assistant track coach Sean Wilde a handful of Skittles at the Greeley Invitational.
Wilde said he had no idea what was going on, but Foley merely returned a favor.
Years ago, when Foley and Wilde were freshman teammates on the Cheyenne Central track teams, Wilde lent his friend an assist that Foley never forgot, but that Wilde
As Wilde tells it, he’d forgotten all about his role in Foley’s first meet for the Indians down in Fort Collins. But Foley remembered a favor from long ago.
Foley didn’t have a very good meet that day, so Wilde told him to let it slide and that there would be better days.
“I guess I handed him a handful of Skittles, kind of a friendly gesture,” Wilde said. “But I made sure to tell him, ‘Now don’t let coach (Rick Bishop) see.’”
The handful of Skittles and a lifetime love of running forged a friend-ship that lasts to this day. They both work part-time at Bishop’s Foot of the Rockies running store in Cheyenne, and they’ll find themselves on opposite sides of the track as coaches in years to come.
Wilde raised a good point when I chatted with him for the prep preview on the influx of former Cheyenne stars into the track team.
Because it’s not just the track team seeing some serious star power returning to Cheyenne to guide the next generation of athletes.
Should Tim Denisson move on from Central boys soccer, he could hand it to one of two former Central players – Bryce Ramsey or Trent Keller. Same thing at East, as Ryan Cameron’s assistants include former Gatorade Football Player of the Year Alex Stratton (my boss tells me he rounded into a good soccer player) and former T-Bird standout Cody Fournier. Stratton also assists with football and basketball for East.
Wilde mentioned former Central and University of Wyoming standout Hillary Carlson, who coached junior varsity girls basketball during the winter and sat next to former coach Ed Kisicki during the varsity games. Central AD Chad Whitworth might consider looking within the program to find the Lady Indians’ next head coach.
At Laramie County Community College, women’s soccer coach Jim Gardner has former East soccer standouts Rebecca Valdez and Vanessa Gallegos on his coaching staff. Another former East player, Jose Arenas, assists LCCC men’s coach Vince Gibson.
Wilde might have some more coaching on his plate, too, as he interviewed this week for the Cheyenne Central cross-country coaching job – formerly occupied by Cheyenne East graduate Bishop. Look at the East track record board in the athletic wing of that school if you want to see how thoroughly Bishop knows of what he speaks.