Denver Allard named to direct WCA South All-Star boys’ hoops
By John Roark
RAWLINS — Tack on more recognition for Rawlins High School boys’ basketball coach Denver Allard.
Allard, who’s won various awards due to his recent success with the Outlaws’ program, was bestowed another honor Monday.
That’s when word came down that he was named the South’s head coach for the July 23 Wyoming Coaches’ Association boys’ All-Star game at Casper College.
To boot, two of his senior players, son Jace Allard and Kolton Wall, have been named to the South squad.
“It's a great honor to be voted to coach this team,” Allard said of the notification. “I think a lot of the credit has to be given to the kids previously and currently in our program that I have had the pleasure of coaching. They buy into what we want to do, and how we want to do it.”
Allard served was a South All-Star assistant coach during the 2011 contest. This time, though, it’s his own show — including the right to name his assistants.
He didn’t go far in filling his staff: Allard picked Outlaws junior varsity coach Jim Johnston and Little Snake River Valley head coach Jake Rich.
“I was able to bring one of my assistants, coach Johnston (freshman coach Lucero had a conflict),” Allard said, “plus a coach from a different class. I chose Jake Rich from LSRV. Both coaches are very deserving of this honor. I'm grateful of this opportunity to work with them.”
Rich — who’s coached the Rattlers to the Class 1A finals twice since taking over for Jack Cobb — said he was eager to join his friend on the South bench.
“I am excited to work with Denver,” Rich said.
Allard — who sports an eight-year log of 133-78 at RHS — said the participants are scheduled to gather July 20. From there, players and coaches are given three days to prepare for the contest.
As of now, Allard knows that only his players have committed to the South’s 10-player roster.
“I'm not sure who accepted the invitation and who didn't,” Allard said. “The team has to be represented by at least one player from each (of four classes).”
As is stands, both Jace Allard and Wall are jokingly “forced” to spend one last stretch with their high school coach.
“I'm glad Kolton and Jace don't mind playing for me one last time,” Allard said. “I told them the news (Monday) morning and they were both very excited. I know this whole process is going to be that much more memorable, with these two being involved.”
Allard said the All-Star experience consists of two-a-day practice, team bonding activities and participating in volunteer work while in Casper.
Encampment senior guard Guy Erickson was also selected to the team.