CARBONDALE — Nick Forbes and Jenn Dority are more than happy with the proverbial hands they’ve been dealt as first-year varsity coaches at Roaring Fork High School.
Forbes, who was an assistant boys soccer coach for the Rams under Aaron Anderson, was part of a coaching staff which helped Roaring Fork reach the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
Dority was the Rams’ junior varsity coach for a few seasons prior to this one, and she served as an assistant coach under Carrie Schultz for a varsity team which came oh-so close to reaching the Class 3A state tournament’s semifinals.
Both, as it turns out, will have much of that experience back for the 2013 seasons.
“We have a very dedicated core group of players,” said Forbes, who served for an assistant coach for two years prior to this season. “There’s enough skill there where we can spread the success around.”
Roaring Fork received a few votes in the CHSAAnow.com Class 3A boys soccer preseason poll, finishing just short of a top-10 ranking. The Rams ended last season with an 11-4-1 overall record, taking third-place in the Class 3A Region 3 standings, before falling, 5-1, to The Classical Academy in the second round of the state tournament.
Nine players with starting experience return to this year’s team.
Roaring Fork’s volleyball team only has four returning starters from a 2012 team that went 23-5, with two of those losses coming to state semifinalist Platte Valley. But Dority is more than confident in the capabilities of the 2013 squad, which was ranked No. 7 in the CHSAAnow.com Class 3A volleyball preseason poll.
“Our goal is to maintain and build,” Dority said. “These returners aren’t learning anything new. They’re developing what they already know.”