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New school hires coach

The Coal Ridge Titans are starting to take form.Jim Hoffman, recently approved by the school board as a physical education teacher at the high school, received approval from the Re-2 school board at Tuesday’s regular meeting as Coal Ridge High School’s head football coach.And Hoffman, a New Castle resident, is ready to get the school’s football program started.”I think it’s exciting,” Hoffman said of building a program from ground zero. “You get to start all the traditions.”One tradition the former Glenwood Springs varsity football assistant plans to bring with him, is the Demons’ penchant for hard work in the summer.”What we want to do is teach our kids that working hard is going to pay off, whether it’s weight training in the summer time or in the offseason,” he said. “All that stuff is going to pay off down the road.”Playing a junior varsity schedule in the initial season this fall give allows Hoffman the opportunity for his team of freshmen and sophomores to taste success before jumping up to the varsity level in 2006.He said that eventually he would like to have Coal Ridge field football teams at the varsity, JV and freshman levels.The number of students who attend the school, as well as the turnout for football, will determine whether those plans come to fruition, Hoffman said.Unable to quote actual figures, Hoffman said projections have Coal Ridge opening with “around 150 to 170 freshmen and about 60 sophomores.”Additional coaching positions for Coal Ridge the school board has approved include Sean McElroy heading the Titans girls soccer team, Scott Zevin, the current head girls golf coach at Rifle High, in as boys and girls golf coach and Damon Martinez as a girls basketball assistant coach.


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