LONGMONT — As the fall prep sports season draws near, many new faces will continue to introduce themselves to players and parents over the next several weeks.

One of those people is Erin Hopkins-Boroviak, who takes over the head coaching position with the Skyline softball program this fall and introduced herself during an informational meeting on Wednesday evening. Hopkins-Boroviak has been coaching softball for the City of Longmont recreational program for the past 10 years and, like a number of other new coaches in the BoCoPreps.com area, can't wait to dive into the fall season.

"I wanted to work with kids in high school because it's such an important time when they're developing so many aspects of their lives," Hopkins-Boroviak said. "They're becoming adults and to be a part of that is really special."

Born and raised in Boulder, Hopkins-Boroviak played softball at Boulder High. At 31 years old, Hopkins-Boroviak is also one of several coaches who will be jumping into a rebuilding situation with her new team. Boasting a 16-6 record under head coach Scarlett Gemm in 2014, the Skyline softball team has not had back-to-back winning seasons in a number of years.

In the six years since 2010, the Falcons have a 32-85 record after winning just three out of 19 games last season.


"It absolutely is a rebuilding time and that's one of the things that has me excited," Hopkins-Boroviak said. "We'll do a lot of work on fundamentals and just encouraging these girls to have fun and get better. I'm so excited to get to work with these girls. The past is the past and we'll come into this season with a blank slate."

There are plenty of other new coaches taking over in the BoCoPreps.com area.

In football this fall, Beth Buglione will become the first female head football coach in Colorado history when she takes over at Nederland. Jeremy Lanter and Travis Peeples will take over at Niwot and Frederick, respectively.

In boys golf, John Zerwin, who coaches the girls team in the spring, will take over at Fairview. Larry Worster, a PGA professional at Indian peaks Golf Course, will take over the program at Centaurus and Mike Ward will be the first head coach of Mead's new program.

Molly Creek will be promoted to take over the Erie volleyball varsity team.

With the exception of boys golf beginning on Aug. 7, the first day of official practice for fall sports will be Aug. 14.

For boys golf, Aug. 10 is the date on which the first contest can take place. Softball will begin play on Aug. 18. Boys tennis will begin on Aug. 17. Cross country, gymnastics, boys soccer, field hockey, spirit and volleyball on Aug. 24. Football will begin play on Aug. 31, although there are several Zero Week games on the docket.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi