Roaring Fork scores three head coaches
Three new head coaches will be running teams this fall at Roaring Fork High School.Mike Brinson will be taking over the football team, Kacey Daugherty will be at the helm of the girls volleyball squad, and Hal Templeton will be in charge of the Rams’ boys soccer team.Brinson has been the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach for the past few seasons for the Rams; Daugherty, a student teacher at Roaring Fork this spring, was an assistant during the 2005-06 season; and Templeton is also a teacher a Roaring Fork and has assisted with the girls soccer program in the past.”Mike Brinson is really committed to the school, the kids and the community, and Kacey and Hal are already in the building and know the kids,” said Roaring Fork Athletic Director Larry Black. “We were lucky to find three great people for the great ones we lost.”Brinson, who will be taking over for Matt Hauptly, has been involved with Roaring Fork’s football program for seven years. “I don’t know if you could find a better person to take over than Mike Brinson,” Black said. “He’s a good guy, he’s knowledgeable about football, and he’s been a catalyst in this program. The kids love him and work hard for him.”He will be in charge of a team that posted a 9-0 regular-season record last season and has captured three straight Class 2A Western Slope League titles. Although all-state selections Jake Bowman and Parker Nieslanik graduated on Saturday, fellow all-state member Kade Gianinetti will lead a talented class in the 2006 season.Daugherty, a recent college graduate who also student taught at Crystal River Elementary School in the fall, played volleyball at Palisade High School and then played intramural volleyball in college. Daugherty will be taking the place of Karen Crownhart, who stepped down at the end of the 2005-06 season. “She did a great job in the fall as an assistant, and when Karen stepped down, we thought of her,” Black said. “We are lucky to have someone who is as high of a caliber person as she is.”Daugherty assisted Crownhart last season and coached volleyball in the Special Olympics for the past two years.”I am so excited. It has always been my dream to be a head volleyball coach,” Daugherty said. “And it’s an easier transition when you know the girls and don’t have to walk in not knowing anybody.” She is currently looking for a teaching job in the valley and has planned open gyms this summer to get ready for practices in August. Last season, the Rams finished with a 14-8 overall record for a third-place finish in Class 3A’s Western Slope League. Although the Rams graduated five volleyball players from the 2005-06 team on Saturday, Daugherty was optimistic about the upcoming season.”I think we will be a pretty good team,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of talent.”On the soccer field, Templeton will be the new leader of Roaring Fork’s boys team. Templeton, who will be replacing Chris Woods, assisted Craig Plizga with the Glenwood Springs High School boys soccer team last season.”He’s a teacher in our building, and he’s assisted with the girls for the past couple of years. He’s always wanted to coach here, but there just wasn’t a position for him,” Black said. “He’s a great soccer coach. He played Division I soccer in college, and he cares an awful lot about those kids.”In 2005, the Rams posted a 4-9-1 overall record, taking fifth in the Class 3A Western Slope League.
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