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Rifle has successor for state football champs

Damon Wells

RIFLE – As an assistant coach Damon Wells helped build winning football teams at Rifle High School. As the Bears new head coach, he plans on keeping that tradition intact.

“We’re going to do what we continue to do,” he said. “I couldn’t hope for more than to maintain the quality nature of the Rifle football program for no other reason than the kids around here deserve such a program and the community demands such a program. I just want to keep that going.”Wells said a big part of maintaining the quality of Rifle football “is doing things the right way.””I hope to convey to the parents that we’re going to take care of their kids whenever they come up to be part of our program,” he said. “Because we’re with them for a long time in the summer and after school and everything else. I want the parents to see that their kids are in good hands.”

And Wells has built himself a solid resume.Under former head coach Darrel Gorham, Wells has coached on both sides of the ball effectively. In three years as a member of Rifle’s football staff, Wells has been part of three state playoff teams, including the 2004 3A state champions.Wells is not sure about his overall support staff but has received commitments from Jonathan Rice and Ryan Mackley to stay with the program.

“They work with the freshmen,” he said. “And my experience has shown me, it’s a great place to have great people to teach those kids what football is all about. I couldn’t be more excited about having those two guys there.”The school board also approved John Wisniewski to the post of Rifle’s head wrestling coach Tuesday. He replaces Jim Suminski, who resigned after six years.During Suminski’s tenure, he coached four individual state champion wrestlers in Alfonso Alfini, Todd Jacobs, Ryan Whittington and Luke Wooten.

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