Roaring Fork High School finds new football coach |

Roaring Fork High School finds new football coach

Joelle Milholm
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
New Roaring Fork High School football coach and athletice director Greg Holley, center, visits with his team and their parents Thursday at a pot-luck at the high school on Thursday afternoon.

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” When Greg Holley took over the football program at Woodland Park High School in 1994, the Panthers were in the midst of a 3-56 streak.

With Holley’s help, the team turned around and won two league championships and even made it to the quarterfinals in the postseason in 1999.

Now Holley, who was at Woodland Park for 12 years, will see if he can get the Roaring Fork football team back on the winning track, as he has been named the new head football coach for the Rams. Holley replaces two-year head coach Mike Brinson and will try to get the Rams, who had only three seniors and were 3-6 last season and have struggled with a lack of players in recent years, back to the Western Slope powerhouse they were in the early 2000s.

Holley will also try and fill the shoes of Larry Black as the new athletic director for Roaring Fork. He will also serve as a part-time physical education and health teacher at RFHS. His wife Donna will also be at the school, working as a counselor.

“I think one of the reasons we came here was because they’ve got a good tradition. They always have,” Holley said of Roaring Fork. “I always see them in the paper as far as basketball is concerned and the athletic programs are always solid. We wanted to go to a place with a high emphasis on athletics and then Donna keeps me straight on the academics side of it.”

Roaring Fork was looking for someone to coach the team and work in the building, which the Rams haven’t had since former teacher and coach Matt Hauptly resigned after the 2005 season.

“He’s got lots of energy,” said Dave Weimer, one of several people who helped with the coaching search that has been on since December. “We think he is a good fit.”

Holley, who coached in Virginia before taking over at Woodland Park, was looking for a team to coach on the Western Slope. The two fit perfectly together.

“Well, I think some people say they’d rather be on the Eastern Slope than the Western Slope, but both Donna and I want to finish our careers on the Western Slope,” said Holley, who was a social studies teacher at Woodland Park. “It’s a great area. We’re just happy to be here. Both my wife and I are excited to go to work in the school system.”

Even though Holley is still in the process of moving to the Valley, he has already dived into his new responsibilities. He met with parents, players and community members on Thursday night for a potluck at RFHS. Then he was going to meet all the players on Friday and have a small practice and then he also has a little 7-on-7 scrimmage in Glenwood on Saturday.

He’s then hoping to get the team together again next month.

“We are going to have a contact camp in July. Just to kind of get the kids out there, nothing drastic for sure,” said Holley, who is originally from Wheat Ridge. “It will be a chance to get the equipment strapped on and see if they can hit and so I can see the talent we’ve got. It’s probably better for me to run intra-squad camp before going to Mesa or anything like that.”

The Rams could have as many as 23 returners from last season on its 2008 squad, and 10 of those players will be seniors.

Post Independent sports reporter Jeff Caspersen contributed to this report.

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