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Gorham earns honor as coach of the year in Colorado football

Darrel Gorham is in Castle Rock getting ready for his first year coaching Highlands Ranch, but the former Rifle High School head football coach hasn’t forgotten about the Bears.

How could he, with the never-ending stream of awards coming at him and the Class 3A state championship squad?

The most recent accolade came from the Colorado High School Coaches Association. The CHSCA named Gorham the Colorado all-classification football coach of the year recently in Denver.



“The neat thing is that not many coaches get this chance because they only give out one a year,” said Gorham, who was the head coach for the Bears for 14 years before winning the state title last season. “You get these awards because of all the things that have happened up to now. To build a program at Rifle and have it end like it did was awesome. I think it’s every coach’s dream.”

The Colorado High School Football Coaches Association nominated Gorham for the award. CHSCA members voted on the finalists.



By winning the award, Gorham also becomes Colorado’s nominee for the national high school football coach of the year.

While Gorham is busy looking for a new home and gearing up for the start of prep football training camp on Aug. 15, he hasn’t gotten the Bears totally out of his system ” nor does he want to.

“I’m excited about Rifle and what they’re doing,” Gorham said. “There’s always going to be some Bear blood in me. It’s hard to make the switch, and I wish those guys the best of luck.”


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