Jeff Atkinson played club soccer while at Evanston High School and the University of Wyoming. He earned a bachelor's degree from the
University of Wyoming in Spanish Education. Jeff is a Spanish teacher at Rock Springs High School. Jeff was named the 2012 Region IX
NJCAA Coach of the Year and holds several NSCAA and USSF certificates including goal keeper certificates.
Atkinson also coached the Rock Springs High School boy's soccer team for 9 seasons. While with the Tigers he helped lead them to 5
state tournaments. The Atkinson lead RSHS teams earned a 3rd, 4th and 6th place finish at the Wyoming State Cup during his tenure. He
and his wife, Jennifer, have three sons-Timothy, Landon and Seth and a daughter - Sydney.
Coach Atkinson starts his thirteenth season as the head coach of Western's men's soccer team. Some highlights for Jeff during his
tenure as head coach have been; during the 2005 season Western won the Wyoming State Club Championship. Western played their first
intercollegiate season in 2006. WWCC played in the Region IX championship game in 2008. The 2009 season the Mustangs again finished
Region IX in second place. The 2012 season was one for the record books as the Mustangs won their first Region IX Championship, hosted
and finished second in the NJCAA West District Tournament and competed at the NJCAA National Tournament in Albany GA. The Mustangs won
one match and lost one match at the 2012 National Tournament for an 8th place finish in the Nation. The Mustang have hosted a home
playoff match in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016, more than any other Region IX North team. In the 2016 season the Western Wyoming Men's
Soccer team celebrated the program's 100th win and advanced to the Region IX Semi-finals.
The 2017 season should be another chance for the Mustangs to prove that they are one of the top NJCAA schools for men's soccer. This
year's squad should be well balanced and a very tough team.
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Tanner had a stellar career with the Western Wyo Mustangs, starting 44 matches in his career - the 5th most in WWCC soccer history.
Trumble was also a Team Captain, the 2016 Team MVP, 1st Team Region IX Defender and a 2016-2017 NJCAA 1st Team Academic All American.
Coach Trumble will help out the team using his expertise to solidify the defense for the 2017 Mustangs. Tanner will also be also in
charge of keeping the players in game ready shape through the conditioning in our training sessions.
Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
Ryun Payne joins the Western Wyoming Men's Soccer team for the 2017 season. Ryun most recently was an assistant coach with the Rock
Springs High Boy's Soccer team. Coach Payne was also a coach in previous years at Union High in Roosevelt UT. Payne played some
collegiate soccer with the Madison Dragons from Rexburg Idaho. Ryun is a Special Education Teacher at Black Butte High School in Rock
Springs. Coach Payne will be asked to help out the Mustangs in the attacking areas, especially in the midfield. Ryun and his wife live
in Rock Springs and have 5 children.