BROOMFIELD — Legacy has hired Corey Heinz to be its head football coach, Lightning athletic director Brendon Feddema announced on Monday.

Heinz will be the schools third head coach, taking over from longtime coach Wayne Voorhees — who will be heading to Thornton to take over the new program at Riverdale Ridge.

"I couldn't be more excited to be moving back to Colorado and being close to family," said Heinz, who has coached both on the prep and collegiate level since graduating from Highlands Ranch High School in 2005. "It's a heck of a job for 5A Colorado football. There is tremendous potential there and they've had plenty of success under coach Voorhees.

"He's done a great job and my goal is to just take it to the next level."

After high school, Heinz played at the University of Tulsa and then coached for three more season with the Golden Hurricane before returning to the staff at his prep alma mater. Most recently he was at both Augustana University as a tight ends coach and last season at Missouri Southern State, where he was the offensive coordinator.

Said Feddema in his release: "Heinz brings a great deal of knowledge and excitement to the Legacy football program. His collegiate experience will be invaluable to the players and the coaches as Legacy looks to strengthen it's foundation and become one of the top football programs in the state. Additionally, his college connections will be helpful for those players wanting to play at the collegiate level."


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The allure of being at a big school and in a growing area was instrumental in Heinz's decision to apply with the Lightning, who went 6-4 last season.

"I think some of it too is the untapped potential at Legacy," Heinz said. "They've always had the tradition of winning and that is a huge draw for any coach. Like I said, coach Voorhees has done a great job here, so I'm going to come in and try to not screw it up."

Heinz's strength is on the offensive side of the ball and he has had plenty of quality influences along his path, including Steve Kragthorpe (former Tulsa and Louisville coach, now at LSU), Todd Graham (Tulsa and most recently Arizona State) and Gus Malzahn (Auburn).

His style?

"In a word, fast-paced, especially on offense," he said. "We are going to be aggressive, kind of like a coach Malzahn-era offense. It's something I believe in and we are always going to have elements of the option in our offense, but the goal is to always be up-tempo and as fast-paced as we can be. Then also be extremely aggressive on defense.

"That's an exciting brand of football and that's what kids want to play in."

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