Dwight Richins

Dwight Richins

BLACKFOOT – The Blackfoot School District recently announced it would hire a new athletic director for Blackfoot High School.

On Monday, the district announced that after interviewing for the position last week, the new athletic director had been hired and it will be a familiar name in Bingham County: Dwight Richins.

Richins won five Idaho high school football state championships during his coaching career, including four 3A state titles at Shelley (2003, 05, 07, 09). He also won a 2A state title with Teton in 1999.

Richins, who is currently serving as the superintendent of the West Jefferson School District, will retire from that position in June, at which time he will take over the athletic department at Blackfoot High School.

Richins has also been the athletic director at both Shelley High School and at Teton High School during his career and knows the ins and outs of the athletic department.

“We are delighted to welcome Dwight to the District 55 family,” Blackfoot Superintendent Brian Kress said in a press release. “We are not sure how much ‘Kelly Green’ he has in his current wardrobe, but we are confident the Bronco nation will get him ready to go.”

It is the belief of the district office and the high school that Richins will be able to assist the student-athletes on their current trajectory, as well as enhance the programs due to his knowledge and experience, Kress said.

Richins will replace Cody Shelley, who has been Blackfoot’s athletic director and varsity boys basketball coach since 2015. Shelley will remain the school’s varsity boys basketball coach.