Long-time Pinedale coach dies


Eugene Earl Andrews Feb. 12, 1938 – Jan. 17, 2019

Eugene Earl Andrews passed away in

Pinedale on Jan. 17, at the Sublette Center

surrounded by loved ones. Gene was born

on Feb. 12, 1938, in Gunnison, Colo., to

Eugene and Winnie Andrews.

Gene attended Fallbrook High School

when his father, a cattle rancher, moved to

California to go become an avocado grower.

Gene loved sports and later played football

and rugby at the University of Redlands

and San Diego State University respectively.

Gene married Jane Newlin in 1957.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Gene

went on to teach biology at Grossmont

High School where he earned California Interscholastic

Federation championships as

a football and swim coach. He earned his

master’s degree in education from Northern

Arizona University. In 1973, Gene moved

his family, wife Jane, sons Gene and Bret,

and daughter Shelley to Pinedale.

At Pinedale High School, Gene taught

biology and physical education until 1999.

During that time, in addition to serving as

the athletic director, Gene coached football,

track and field, cross country skiing, swimming

and diving. As a physical education

instructor, Gene brought Project Adventure

– inventing cooperative games, developing

team-building initiatives and mountaineering

– to Pinedale. It was the first such course

Mountains and would spend days with

just him and the horses. He got to fish as

many of those mountain lakes as he possibly

could. Even though football consumed

much of his time in the fall, that didn’t keep

him from hunting every available minute.

Boating, water skiing, cross-country skiing,

snowmachining, golf, four-wheeling, backpacking

or fly fishing, Gene loved them all.

Upon retirement, Gene started Andrews

Woodworking and worked with Mack Rawhouser.

He focused on log furniture such

as aspen beds, tables, dresser drawers and

benches. He liked to carve exquisite bowls

out of exotic tree burls. He also enjoyed

working on his wood-carving and woodburning

artwork of native wildlife. He won

several awards for his wood carvings. He

participated in numerous community activities

and events. He served as the starter for

track meets and later for the Pinedale Half

Marathon. He ran the clock for basketball

games, timed Nordic ski meets and refereed

junior high and junior varsity football

games. And he thoroughly enjoyed announcing

Wrangler varsity football games

with Ward Wise.

Gene loved to laugh, smile and he just

really loved life. He wanted to make all

those around him laugh. Gene was a storyteller.

His stories would have people rolling

with laughter. Gene’s gregarious smile had

a lasting impact on everyone he came into

contact with and he loved to see them smile

back. He will be remembered by his former

students and players as someone who genuinely

cared about them. He will be remembered

by his friends and family as a loving

man who lived life to the fullest.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents.

Gene is survived by his wife Connie

Wenz-Andrews and her family, children

Shelley, Gene and Bret, grandchildren Jerome

Bernal, Serena Andrews, Aaron Penton,

Dylan Andrews, Amber Andrews and

great-grandchildren Adelyn Penton, Laramie

Penton, Korben Andrews, with one

more on the way.

Long-time Pinedale coach dies

Eugene Earl Andrews

Feb. 12, 1938 – Jan. 17, 2019

west of the Rockies. He brought badminton,

archery, rock climbing, fly tying, ping pong,

tennis, softball, flag football, Frisbee football,

wrestling, basketball, hockey, weight

training, trampoline and track and field to

his students. Gene also enjoyed the camaraderie

of the staff. He created the Prognog

and end-of-year celebrations for school employees.

Gene’s real passion was as a coach and it

just came naturally for him. Gene coached

in Pinedale for 26 years. He brought two

state championships to Pinedale High

School in football and two in cross-country

skiing. He was also state runner-up in both

sports. For his efforts, Gene was inducted

into the Wyoming Coaches Hall of Fame in

1990. From coach, to timer, to referee, to

announcer or volunteer, there wasn’t an athletic

event that took place in Pinedale that

didn’t have Gene’s footprint all over it. For

his years of service and dedication to PHS,

the board of trustees voted on Oct. 1, 2018,

to name the football stadium Gene Andrews

Stadium.

Gene was an avid outdoorsman. If it

happened outside, he loved it and Pinedale

was the perfect spot to show to his family

why it was so important to live here. Gene

spent many summers as a fishing and hunting

guide. He loved being in the Wind River

Mountains and would spend days with

just him and the horses. He got to fish as

many of those mountain lakes as he possibly

could. Even though football consumed

much of his time in the fall, that didn’t keep

him from hunting every available minute.

Boating, water skiing, cross-country skiing,

snowmachining, golf, four-wheeling, backpacking

or fly fishing, Gene loved them all.

Upon retirement, Gene started Andrews

Woodworking and worked with Mack Rawhouser.

He focused on log furniture such

as aspen beds, tables, dresser drawers and

benches. He liked to carve exquisite bowls

out of exotic tree burls. He also enjoyed

working on his wood-carving and woodburning

artwork of native wildlife. He won

several awards for his wood carvings. He

participated in numerous community activities

and events. He served as the starter for

track meets and later for the Pinedale Half

Marathon. He ran the clock for basketball

games, timed Nordic ski meets and refereed

junior high and junior varsity football

games. And he thoroughly enjoyed announcing

Wrangler varsity football games

with Ward Wise.

Gene loved to laugh, smile and he just

really loved life. He wanted to make all

those around him laugh. Gene was a storyteller.

His stories would have people rolling

with laughter. Gene’s gregarious smile had

a lasting impact on everyone he came into

contact with and he loved to see them smile

back. He will be remembered by his former

students and players as someone who genuinely

cared about them. He will be remembered

by his friends and family as a loving

man who lived life to the fullest.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents.

Gene is survived by his wife Connie

Wenz-Andrews and her family, children

Shelley, Gene and Bret, grandchildren Jerome

Bernal, Serena Andrews, Aaron Penton,

Dylan Andrews, Amber Andrews and

great-grandchildren Adelyn Penton, Laramie

Penton, Korben Andrews, with one

more on the way.

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