Prep football: Roaring Fork in search of football coach
CARBONDALE — Tory Jensen is out as Roaring Fork High School’s football coach, school Athletic Director Marty Nieslanik confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
The move, which Nieslanik said came earlier this week, ended the second stint for Jensen as the program’s head coach. His most recent stint lasted four years, following a 10-year stint that lasted until halfway through the previous decade.
“I’ve had 14 years of great memories,” Jensen said when reached by phone on Wednesday night. “It spans from victories and the bonds you’ve built with people over the years. That’s been awesome.”
Nieslanik said by phone that he and the administration felt that the program needed to move in a different direction and that it was “Time for a change.” He did say, however, that reasons for the administration’s decision extended beyond the Rams’ on-field performance, which resulted in an 11-25 overall record during the past four years. Roaring Fork went 2-7 last year with a 1-5 record in the 2A Western Slope League North.
“We felt like the program needed to go in a different direction,” Nieslanik said. “And that’s not to take anything away from (Jensen). He’s a great guy who was very dedicated to what he did, and he did a lot for the program in the time that he’s been here.”
Jensen’s first run as the Rams’ coach went from 1996 until 2005. Roaring Fork made the Class 2A state playoffs in seven of those seasons, including a pair of trips to the 2A semifinals in the early 2000s, including in 2003 Jensen was named the 2A Western Slope League’s coach of the year.
Jensen did say he felt like the program was headed in the right direction, stressing the team and its returning players could be very competitive as soon as next season. Still, the memories he’s built will be there regardless of whether he’s on the sidelines or not.
“You build a good bond with the guys you coach, win or lose,” Jensen said.
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