YODER – After a 36-year teaching and coaching career, 35 of those years were spent at the Southeast schools, Tim Eisenbarth was inducted into the Wyoming Coaches Association Junior High/Middle School Hall of Fame on Friday, July 23 in Casper.
After not being able to have an induction ceremony in 2020 due to COVID, Eisenbarth was finally able to add one more feather in his cap to his accomplishments as a teacher and coach this summer.
“The ceremony was just awesome,” Eisenbarth said. “Everybody was very supportive, and I really felt like I belonged after that.”
The WCA began honoring junior high and middle school Hall of Fame awards in 2011.
“It was a really big honor. I had some great teams and a great career at Southeast,” Eisenbarth said. “Walt Smith had a lot to do with the nomination. He was pretty adamant about getting it done.”
Eisenbarth taught fourth grade for 35 years at Southeast.
“My blood is really thick in that area. It means a lot to come back,” he said.
Eisenbarth grew up in Veteran and graduated from Goshen Hole High School in 1979 before attending Eastern Wyoming College and the University of Wyoming.
Upon graduation, it didn’t take long for him to find his job. After teaching reading on a part time basis at Lincoln Elementary in Torrington, Eisenbarth found his way to Southeast, where we was for the rest of his career.
“I came back out of college and got a job right there at Southeast and stayed there forever,” Eisenbarth said.
In addition to the teaching, he enjoyed coaching the entire time he was at Southeast. He coached three sports – football, basketball and track and field – most years.
In football alone, he racked up 18 SEWAC championships, racking up 101 wins, including numerous undefeated seasons.
“It was special. I’m very proud of what we did at Southeast,” he said. “A big part of our nine titles we have at the high school level. It all starts at the junior high level.”
Despite hanging up the whistle, Eisenbarth hasn’t slowed down in the years since his retirement.
Between three grandkids, helping on the family farm, officiating football in the fall and still supporting the Cyclone teams to this day, Eisenbarth finds himself as busy as ever.
Looking back on his career, he said it felt like it went by quick.
“I enjoyed every minute of it. It went by so fast. It seems like it was 10 years instead of 36 years,” Eisenbarth said. “We had great people to work with and a great administration. That’s what it takes.”