BROOMFIELD — Autumn Sereno has had a busy few weeks.
She can breath easy for now — or at least until the next blizzard throws a monkey-wrench into the spring sports schedule — knowing she has filled two critical fall sports coaching vacancies.
On Friday morning, the first-year Broomfield athletic director made a splash when she announced the hiring of Blair Hubbard as the new Broomfield football coach.
A longtime fixture at Faith Christian, where he won three state titles with those Eagles, Hubbard has spent the last two seasons at Lutheran High School in Parker. The opportunity to return to his roots on the Northwest side of Denver was just too much to pass up.
"My wife and I met up there a long time ago and just did life with a lot of friends and have a lot of relationships in that area," said Hubbard, 49, who decided to apply for the job when Gary Davies retired after 28 seasons at the helm.
"I've always thought that Broomfield had that special hometown feel to it and to have a chance to coach at a hometown school with their hometown on their jerseys was very appealing to me."
In Hubbard, Broomfield gets a coach with winning percentage of nearly 83 percent (career record from 1999-2015 between the schools is 164-35) and a man driven to get the most out of his players.
Some of those players, like in previous hires, were instrumental in the entire process and got to have a sit down with Hubbard on his visit to the school.
"They had a tour where it was an opportunity for them to ask me some questions and for me to ask them some questions; and it was fun to see their passion for football, for Broomfield and their desire to win and be successful for their community," Hubbard said. "It was a unique part of the interview process that I really enjoyed was being to hang out with those guys."
A further look into Hubbard's numbers show that his teams have made the playoffs in 15 of his 17 seasons and he has been responsible for 11 league titles. The Eagles will play their inaugural season under Hubbard in a new-look league that includes Brighton, Grand Junction, Greeley West, Loveland and Niwot.
The other big hire is for the volleyball program. Lysa Johnson, who recently moved to the area from Reno — where she was heavily involved in both the club and high school scene — takes over for Jeff Larsen.
Johnson inherits a team that went 9-14 last year and just 3-9 in the Front Range League. The Eagles graduate five seniors, including Mari Boyer and Sarah Scott, but have an impressive young nucleus to work with.
"I don't know what their expectations are (just yet) but mine are to just build this program," said Johnson, whose daughter attends CU. "I know their basketball team is really good so there are some good female athletes at the school, so I am excited to get going."