Cowboy Coach

Everett F. "Ev" Shelton, head basketball coach at the University of Wyoming.

Coach Ev SheltonScholastically he originated at Phillips University, Enid, Okla., where he was graduated in 1923, his chief sport, football. Previously he was in France a year in World War I as a machine gun sergeant in the 11th Marines.

His coaching career began in 1923 at the Claremore, Okla., high school where, beginning on the first day of school, he coached every sport through the catalog until the following spring when they arrived at the pole vault and shot put.

Next year he was back at his alma mater as all-sports coach there. He gave Phillips three years, but left in 1927 to coach an AAU basketball club in Oklahoma City.

From Oklahoma City he went to St. Joseph, Mo. He was there seven years coaching all sports again at a high school. He likes to talk of his St. Joe football team. The school lost six games in the seven years none in the last four.

Since 1939 he has been head basketball coach at the University of Wyoming.

The present year is his twentieth of coaching. It has brought him, with the Cowboys of 1942-43, his fourteenth championship.