LONGMONT — Tim Glenn has been a coaching staple at several schools in Longmont but the time has come for him to move on to a new venture elsewhere.
Glenn coached at Silver Creek for six years before spending the past four as the offensive coordinator at Skyline. The 37-year-old was a part of a four-year rise at Skyline that culminated in the Falcons' football team reaching the Class 4A state championship this past fall.
On Jan. 21, Glenn was officially named the inaugural head football coach at the new Severance High School in Severance, Colo., which is roughly six miles northeast of Windsor. Doors at Severance open to students in August and soon enough, Glenn will have to trade in his Skyline gear and don Silver Knights colors.
Though the change means an exciting opportunity for Glenn and he won't be going far, it wasn't as easy a decision as it may seem.
"You know, it was really tough," Glenn said. "I think the hardest part was that Mike (Silva) and I are great friends. The things he's done for me to help me grow as a coach and man, I owe him a lot. And the kids really bought into what we did. They accomplished something special and I'm going miss the heck out of those kids.
"Obviously, I wouldn't have this opportunity without all of them. But it's still really tough to leave."
Glenn credited current Skyline head coach Mike Silva, whom he followed over from Silver Creek four years ago, and former Silver Creek head coach Mike Apodaca for mentoring him throughout his prep coaching career. Glenn also said he spoke to the Skyline football team on Jan. 7 to let them know he was taking the job at Severance, which he said was among the hardest things he has had to do in a long time.
A paraprofessional at Skyline, Glenn grew up in Douglas, Wyo. He said one appealing aspect of the job in Severance, which has a population around 5,000, was that he wanted a similar small-town environment for his three-year-old daughter Sadie to what he had growing up.
"It's something that I heard wind about a long time ago, actually," Glenn said. "It seems like a great place to lay down roots for a family, and a chance to start out with an up-and-coming community. That really means a lot to me."
A new Weld RE-4 School District school that has nearly been completed as a solution to capacity issues at Windsor High, Severance appealed to Glenn in a number of other ways.
For one, the school will lay down turf in April at its new football stadium. After years of sharing the district stadium Everly-Montgomery Field at Longmont High, Glenn liked the idea of his team having its own place to definitively call home.
"That was one of the bigger pieces of it," Glenn said. "I think kids get a better opportunity when they have their own facilities. When you have your own turf field and you have lights, it makes it easier to do what you need when it comes to practice, things like that. Then there's the fact that you have a chance to host a playoff game at your school some day.
"But it's also another big piece of having that community. I think it's just easier for a community to rally around a football team when that school's community has its own stadium."
Former Frederick High athletic director and Colorado High School Activities Association assistant commissioner Ernie Derrera will be the athletic director at Severance.
The Silver Knights' football team will be junior varsity for its first season and plans to field a varsity team for the 2020-21 school year. As of Monday, it appeared as though the Severance football team will start in the Class 2A North 2 League when the time comes.
The school's individual sports — cross country, golf, tennis, track and wrestling — will be varsity eligible for the upcoming school year.