BREAKING: Ryan Puckett Steps Down as Plainsmen Basketball Coach [UPDATED]
In a surprising move Monday Laramie Plainsmen head basketball coach Ryan Puckett resigned.
Puckett cited "personal reasons" for his departure and declined any further comment.
In his one season at the helm, Laramie finished with a 10-17 overall record and brought home the Consolation Championship trophy for fourth place from the 2016 Wyoming State Basketball Championship tournament. It was the program's first trophy since 2011.
Laramie opened state with a loss to Casper Kelly Walsh, before they defeated Evanston and Rock Springs by 18 and 19 points, respectively, in the consolation bracket.
At the end of the regular season, the Plainsmen finished with a 2-8 record and in sixth place in the 4A East Conference. They won their first round game at the 4A East Regional tournament in Cheyenne over third-seed Sheridan, 52-50, and qualified for state for the first time in three years.
Puckett coached one All-State and All-Conference player in senior Jake Aadland.
Prior to taking over as head coach, Puckett spent four seasons as an assistant in the program. His tenure ends just short of 11 months on the job.
Laramie High School Athletic Director Bruce Schmidt said in a release, "Laramie High School appreciates the effort Coach Puckett put into the boy's basketball program the last five years. LHS will miss Ryan and his family."
The school's release mentioned 'resigned his head basketball position to pursue other career opportunities.'
The search for a new head coach will begin immediately.