WHSAA Names Trevor Wilson as the Next Commissioner

Published: Mar. 17, 2023 at 3:33 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Earlier this year, the Wyoming High School Activities Association’s Commissioner, Ron Laird, announced that he will be retiring after serving as commissioner for 19 years when this current season ends.

The WHSAA recently announced who is going to replace Laird as the new commissioner, and it is going to be the current Associate Commissioner, Trevor Wilson who has been with the WHSAA for the past 18 years.

He has been working with Laird since he became the associate commissioner, and has wants to help continue what Laird has built in the past 19 years.

“Having Ron Laird be a mentor for the last 18 years has been a privilege and an honor. He’s been one of the best people around and hopefully I can continue what he’s done beginning July 1st,” said Wilson.

Laid has also been a huge mentor to him, as Wilson said, “Number one, one of my weaknesses is patience. I don’t have a lot of it but I’ve learned you need to be in certain times, and he’s been very good about that... He’s just done a very good job on all avenues. He’s very organized , very detailed, works very hard, just all of those things that I think I did before, but maybe I do a little better now.”

Before becoming the associate commissioner for the WHSAA, Wilson was a collegiate wrestler at Dickinson State in North Dakota, where he was a two time All-American.

He earned his masters, and he moved on to become the head wrestling coach at Northern State University as well as an assistant football coach from 1995-2000.

After his tenure at NSU, he went on to become the activities director and assistant principal at Cody High School from 2000-2005. He’s been with the WHSAA since then.

Coming into the commissioner spot, there are a few subtle changes that Wilson would like to make.

“The one change that we will make, we’ve had the ‘Join the RIDE’ program that’s been in existence for a long long time, probably 17 or 18 years, Ron developed that,” Wilson said, “We’re going to change that up a little bit, not discontinue, but we’re going to look at a different program that still focuses on sportsmanship, leadership, maybe some citizenship. But, we’ll develop that program next year. So that will be different, it might look similar, but it’s going to have a different feel to it.”

With his first day as commissioner set for July 1st, Wilson is honored to be in this position and looks forward to continuing what the WHSAA has built.