New coaches take the helm at three schools |

New coaches take the helm at three schools

Three new coaches will be at the helm of area cross country teams this fall. Mike Schneiter will be in charge at Glenwood, Jerry Shafer will be at the head of Rifle’s program and Tiffany Robison will be coaching the squad at Coal Ridge.At Glenwood, Schneiter will taking over for Joe Mollica, who stepped down at the beginning of the summer. “Joe Mollica did a nice job. It is nice stepping into a program that is already built up,” Schneiter said. “It is a good program. There is a lot of kids and a lot of energy.” Schneiter is no stranger Glenwood as he has lived in the area for six years and even coached the Demons’ junior varsity boys basketball team last year.Schneiter, who is a teacher at Bridges High School, ran cross country and track for the University of Northern Iowa in his collegiate days. As for his career at Glenwood, he already has high expectations for his runners.”I think, just in general, we want to improve and continue the good tradition of cross country,” he said. “Obviously these girls have a lot of talent and I think the boys do, too.”Shafer will be guiding Rifle’s cross country and track and field teams this year. The Bears have brought in Shafer to replace Scott Winter, who stepped down earlier this summer.Shafer comes to Rifle after coaching cross country and track and field at a high school in Maryland. He coached both sports for four years in Ohio before relocating to Maryland. After one year on the East Coast, Shafer decided he wanted something different.”We wanted to move out to Colorado,” Shafer said. “Maryland was too city, we wanted something more rural.”Shafer, who was also hired by RHS to teach U.S. history and physical education, competed in cross country and track and field while growing up in Ohio as a kid. After high school, Shafer joined the Navy before becoming a teacher.In his coaching career thus far, Shafer has already experienced a fair amount of success. Last cross country season in Maryland, Shafer’s boys squad finished 15th in state and three of the four athletes who made up the girls team made it to state. His boys and girls track teams each took sixth in state last spring and he coached six state champions. Three of his athletes went on to receive Division I scholarships.Even though it is only his first season with the Bears, Shafer is still hoping to see great things.”Our goal is to get to state as a team and we want everybody to get their best times,” he said.Robison will be the new head coach of Coal Ridge’s cross country team, replacing Don Beecraft, who resigned his post earlier this summer. Robison, a Glenwood High graduate who moved back to Colorado from Monterey, Calif., for a teaching job at Coal Ridge, is also coaching the Titans’ girls basketball team this winter.

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