BROOMFIELD — If Gary Davies had his way, and let's face it — he did for 28 years at Broomfield — Friday night would have never happened.
But for a man that gave so much to Broomfield High School, it's students, staff and the Broomfield community as a whole, it was necessary.
And for you Gary, I will keep this short and sweet ... just the way you would like it.
After the girls basketball game, Davies was brought in via bagpipes — as was his team in every home game — as was praised for his work by the players of the past and the present, including Noah Dohm and current Niwot AD Chase McBride, as well as presented with a No. 28 framed Eagles jersey.
They all talked about the man more than the football coach. A man who opened the doors of his own home to players that were struggling in one way or another. A man, that with his beautiful wife Gail at his side, would always have a meal on the table for his team if it was necessary.
Coach Davies' record at Broomfield, that included a total record of 232-97, was impressive (and his 250 career wins overall — he had three years at Bennett — ranks him No. 7 in state history) but it was the boys he transformed into men that will ultimately define his legacy.
Congrats Gary. You are a wonderful coach, father and friend and your indelible mark on the Broomfield community will be felt for a long time. Thank you for being kind and patient with me over the years. May the outdoors, your grandchildren and the entire Davies clan bring you great joy in your retirement.