The Cowboy Joe Club (CJC) will be hosting an event in Star Valley on Friday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. in the Afton Civic Center. As part of the hour-long luncheon, the featured speaker will be Wyoming Cowgirls head basketball coach, Joe Legerski.
Legerski recently completed his 12th season at the helm of the Cowgirls where he has compiled an overall record of 232-140 and a 114-76 mark in league play. Under his leadership, the Cowgirls have set several new benchmarks for the program including three straight 20+ win seasons and five such seasons overall. The program won the WNIT Championship as well as the program’s first ever NCAA berth. During Legerski’s tenure, the Cowgirls went from 16 total season tickets to consistently appearing in the Top-30 in the nation for spectator attendance. Last season they outdrew Georgia, LSU, North Carolina and Oklahoma State to name a few.
Also expected to attend is Jason McManamen of the UW men’s basketball team. McManamen, a Torrington native, helped the Cowboys win the Mountain West Basketball Tournament in March for the first time in program history. The win sent the Pokes to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002.
The CJC works at providing the University of Wyoming student-athletes with opportunities to succeed in the classroom in the form of scholarships and fundraising for other projects. Currently the CJC is working on various campaigns including the Drive for 5000, the Steer-A-Year, the Legacy Wall, the W Club and the Scholarship Circle. Members receive benefits such as priority seating, ticket priority eligibility, discounts for merchandise, various opportunities for recognition. Support for the CJC can begin with as little as $100 per year.
The Steer-A-Year program specifically helps provide for UW student-athletes who graduated from a Wyoming High School. By donating a physical steer, contributing $1,000 cash, or transporting steers for gift-in-kind, a contribution provides members special recognition which includes priority seating, stadium signs, priority parking and other benefits.