Mike Brinson resigns at RFHS

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE – Mike Brinson wishes he could coach football as a full-time job. If he could make enough money to support his family doing it, that’s what he would do. However, in high school football that’s just not the case.So the two-year head coach at Roaring Fork was forced to step down this week.”I had to step away so I can go back to full-time work. It’s an economic thing,” Brinson said. “If I am going to coach, I am going to give it all I have and I can’t do that and work full time. Coaching is a full-time thing for me.”Brinson, who has been on the Ram coaching staff for almost a decade, as a defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for seven years before stepping in as head coach for the 2006 season, will be resuming his full-time photography business. He has been doing that part time to coach, but now has to go back to full time, which will include some travel making it impossible for him to be the head coach. He still wants to be an assistant for the Rams if he can.”I am going to help whenever I can. If I can help with the DBs (defensive backs) or linebackers,” said Brinson, who is still hoping to return to a head position someday.The past two coaches to take over the head spot at Roaring Fork had been assistants for the Rams. When Tory Jensen stepped down after nine years at the helm in 2005, Matt Hauptly took over. Then Brinson. While some of the current assistants will be staying on, this time the Rams will have to bring someone in from the outside.”We’ve always been able to do it from the inside, but we just don’t have that guy this year,” Brinson said. “All of us coaches, we are addicted to this thing and we are going to keep doing the best we can.”Although the Rams finished 3-6 this season, they have qualified for the postseason eight of the last nine years. Roaring Fork is still regarded as one of the strongest in Class 2A in the state and Brinson hopes that no matter who is coaching, that will not change.”It doesn’t matter if it is me or Barry Switzer, the hard work in the offseason and the commitment to improve and stay competitive will be the same,” Brinson said.Brinson said postings have been left on all state athletic Web sites and that Roaring Fork is also searching within the valley. He also said it would be ideal to get someone who works at RFHS, but with teachers’ jobs not opening until the spring, and considering the high cost of living, it will be difficult.

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