Everyone in Colorado is shaken up by the recent developments in namely 5A with the new 2 year cycle but moreover, the dragging of the feet for a new head coach. There have been some recent developments and most likely Monday we will know the next HC at one school while a few others have meetings behind closed doors. For many that know football insider @303Gonzo it was no surprise over a week ago that Matt Pees was a leading candidate at at least 2 5A programs and possibly more. Pees was set to interview this week but landed the ultimate gig, a job with the NFL Titans of Tennessee.
Local athletes rarely have an opportunity to be coached by a rising star that moves up the ladder and goes to the next level. Usually it is the polar opposite of a former next level moving down to coach. One thing for sure is local eyes will be on the Pees family as Matt will be working with his dad Dean in the family business of teaching youngsters to be more competitive, hard working and to love the game. The ultimate goal learned by Green Mountain students will be never stop reaching for the brass ring. Pees and company will be instilling the same core values of living life to the fullest with Mariota and the Titans.
So just like the NFL draft the football committees and administrators are having to cross off one more name off the big board. Option number one or even number two may no longer be available. Once again perhaps the approach of “NEW BLOOD” as stated by many retiring or resigning coaches should be followed. It is apparent both athletes, coaches and parents want change or a better fit. They want an unbiased and hard working head coach that assembles a staff that rolls up the sleeves to develop all levels and have success breed success. It all starts early when 8th graders are allowed to participate in OTAs on May first and continue to work hard each year bonding with teammates in an all for one, one for all mentality. The make up or attitude of a program is determined in the off season.
One thing for sure is the disposition of many will be questioned as more time passes before selecting a new head coach at many programs. The teams that will have success in 2018 have already had 3 months of OTAs. Based on a 10 game regular season this could be the difference of a 7-3 November record versus a 4-6 record with out the hard work, discipline and time in both the weight room and simple reviews of the football playbook. As Super Bowl Sunday comes and goes it usually signals the start of something for many programs. Usually a wake up call to take Zero hour, Breakfast club or Monday night football or even Wednesday night sessions more seriously. Both May 1st and August 6th are rapidly approaching so I understand the frustrations for those programs with out a leader or a direction. Complacency has put programs in there current status of seeking a new HC when it is clear from those that held the position state “NEW BLOOD” is the future. To stay competitive you need to breed a new culture, most likely a winning culture both on and off the field. Best wishes to the “NEW BLOOD” waiting to hear if your achievements merit a much needed appointment to leadership as a head coach.
For those tracking the coaching carousel, here is the latest:
* denotes moving to another local program
|Castle View||5A||Dustin Pfeiffer|
|Eaglecrest||5A||Mike Schmitt||Dustin Delaney|
|Highlands Ranch||5A||David May (interim)||John Trahan*|
|Smoky Hill||5A||John Trahan*|
|Valor Christian||5A||Rod Sherman|
|Aurora Central||4A||Jamarr Kerney||Austin Able|
|Liberty||4A||Marc Sites||Erick Gossage|
|Thornton||4A||Dorian Cagaanan||Nick Trombetta*|
|Denver North||3A||Nick Trombetta*|
|Glenwood Springs||3A||Rocky Whitworth|
|Green Mountain||3A||Matt Pees (Took NFL Job)|
|Kennedy||3A||Rich Martinez||Scot Kinder|
|Sand Creek||3A||David Ramirez||Ricky Lobato|
|Englewood||2A||Jay Graves||Mike Campbell*|
|Faith Christian||2A||Ralph Nance||Vince Siravo|
|Resurrection Christian||2A||Mark Roggy|
|Prospect Ridge||2A||John Roberts||Michael Storer|
|The Pinnacle||1A||Marcus Dow|
|Sangre de Cristo||8-man||Emmanuel Nwabuonwu|
|Colorado Deaf & Blind||6-man||Darrell Shular|
If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.
Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.