Coach Gunnare enters his first season as the head coach of Lady T-Bird Basketball.
Gunnare comes to Casper College after spending the past six seasons at Mile Community College where his teams compiled a 126-61 (.674) record. As a result of his team going 31-2 last season Coach Gunnare received the Region IX Coach of the Year Award.
Prior to entering the college coaching ranks Coach Gunnare was the varsity girls’ basketball coach in Colstrip, MT. In his tenure at Colstrip High School Gunnare compiled a record of 175 wins and 87 losses. His teams qualified for the State Tournament in eight of his eleven seasons, winning State Championships in 1993 and 1999.
Gunnare has twice been named the Montana State “A” Coach of the Year and in 2000 received the National Federation Coaches Association Award for the state of Montana in girls’ basketball.
Coach Gunnare is a 1977 graduate of Wagner High School in Wagner, SD and received his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education from Black Hills State University in 1982. While attending Black Hills State University he pitched for the Yellow Jacket baseball team lettering four years and was an All-Conference selection.
Dwight and his wife Ann, who has been an educator for the past 25 years, have three children: Rachael Brabant, who is a graduate of Utah Valley State, Chris, whom is completing his graduate work at the University of Montana, and Danielle, a junior at South Dakota State University.
Bill Landen took over as athletic director two years ago, but he is not new to those who have been around Casper College and its athletic programs.
Bill has spent the past 22 years at Casper College. Prior to accepting his current role, Bill served as Director of College Relations for 18 years.
Bill’s commitment to the T-Birds dates back to his student days at Casper College, where he wrote about Swede Erickson’s T-Birds as editor of the campus newspaper. He later covered Casper College as a professional journalist for the Casper Star-Tribune and KTWO Radio.
Since his arrival in the athletic department, his focus has been on community and student involvement in the college’s four sports programs. Bill has worked with the T-Bird Booster Club to establish a permanent endowment for athletics, and that fund hit the quarter million dollar mark this year.
T-Bird fans may recognize Bill from his days as the radio play-by-play voice of the T-Birds in the 1980s and ‘90s. Along with serving as the voice of the T-Birds, Bill spent 18 years in marketing and information for the college. He has earned numerous awards during his professional career, including twice being named Wyoming’s Sportswriter of the Year by the national association of sportswriters and sportscasters. He was named Rosenthal Outstanding Administrator at Casper College in 1997. In 1993 he was honored by his peers as Communicator of the Year by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.
Along with his duties at Casper College, Bill was recently appointed to the Wyoming Legislature as State Senator for District 27.
Bill’s wife, Robyn, is the associate controller for Casper College. They have three children: Nick, Zack and Hailey.
Administrative Assistant, Athletics
Judy has been at Casper College for the past six years. She joined the athletic department team two years ago after serving three years as the alumni assistant in College Relations. Judy coordinates all the athletic office duties, including season ticket sales and corporate sponsorships.