I spent twelve years as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at the high school level and I can tell you it is hard work, low pay and possibly the most rewarding work experience I have ever had. My high school coaches and the head coaches I worked for, are to this day, mentors that I look up to and respect for their commitment to young men and the game of football. Although this list highlights four coaches from Colorado, any coach deserves our recognition. Here is a brief look at PrepColorado's Coach of the Year candidates.
I knew last spring when Mike Brookhart became the new head football coach of Cherry Creek High School that he would be on this list. Brookhart, who is also one of the top high school basketball coaches in Colorado, gets a nod just on long hours and work ethic. The organizational ability to run two top notch high school programs is amazing! Add in the fact that in his first year as football coach he took his Bruin squad to the 5A state championship and it is hard to argue his spot on this list.
Reid Kahl has been the head football coach at Wheat Ridge High School for three years, during that time he has won two 4A state titles. Some great coaches work 30 years and don't hoist the trophy. Kahl has done it twice. This year, his greatest feat was realizing what a great player he had in Parker Orms and he kept feeding the beast and it worked as the Farmers took 4A.
I feel Dave Logan of Mullen often gets overlooked because people assumes he is playing with the most talented kids, but there can be doubting the job he did this year. Logan, with a retooled offensive line, used running backs Josh Ford and Adonis Ameen-Moore to bang on opposing defenses. The emphasis on the run game allowed a talented Mullen defense to stay fresh and get after people. The combination of run game and defense gave Mullen a more physical hard nosed edge than in years past, so much so the Mustangs took home the 5A title.
Rock Whitworth and his Glenwood Springs team dominated all season long on the way to the 3A state title. The Demons truly were devilish on opponents as the outscored teams 40 to 14. Over the past two seasons Glenwood Springs has gone 24-1. That is consistency.
This is my list, so get on the message board and give me your take on who you feel should be Coach of the Year.