Jackson Hole vs. Pinedale boys basketball

The Bronc bench celebrates a 3-point shot during a game earlier this season.

There are new basketball coaches at Jackson Hole High School.

Jackson activities director Mike Hansen announced the school had hired Hayden Hatfield as the next boys basketball head coach in an email sent to parents Wednesday evening and confirmed the hiring to the Jackson Hole Daily on Thursday morning. On Thursday afternoon, Hansen sent an email announcing the hiring of Andrea Joyce as the new girls basketball coach.

Hatfield, Hansen said, has “a very clear passion for basketball, knowledge of the game, dedication to offseason development and high energy,” and “coach Joyce is excited about being our basketball coach and will bring a lot of energy and leadership to the program.”

Hatfield is coming to Jackson from Georgia, and his LinkedIn profile lists associate head basketball coach at Meadowcreek High School as his current position. Hansen’s email said Hatfield has coached at Troy University, Mercer University and two high schools.

Hatfield will replace Sam Lunz, who stepped down from the position in March. In five years under Lunz, the Broncs went 6-16 in 2017, 7-14 in 2018, 9-14 in 2019, 0-22 in 2020 and 1-18 in 2021.

Hansen wrote that he expects Hatfield to arrive in Jackson in early June.

Joyce has most recently coached middle school basketball in Jackson Hole. She has also coached at Mountain Home Middle School in Arkansas, Doherty High School in Colorado and Battle Mountain High School in Colorado, Hansen said.

Joyce is inheriting a program that can distantly remember a period of dominance before finding trouble putting together wins recently. She is replacing Jason Huggins, who stepped down in March after coaching for two seasons.

The girls program won four straight state championships from 2007 to 2010 under the guidance of Sean Shockley and has yet to come close to finding similar success since. The team moved from the 3A level to the 4A level in 2017 and has struggled to find footing in the highest classification the Cowboy State offers.

In Huggins’ first year, Jackson finished 2-20, matching Shockley’s final season with the team in 2018-19. This past season, the Broncs improved to 3-16 by year’s end, including a 2-0 mark in the final week of the regular season.

Contact Chance Q. Cook at 732-7065, sports@jhnewsandguide.com.

Sports Editor Chance Cook has lived in rural Pennsylvania, upstate New York and Butte, Montana. He is no stranger to spending time in the woods chasing animals. If you see him out, challenge him to a game of pool. Send tips and questions.

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