NIWOT — A little more than a month after Niwot High lost one of its best coaches, the school announced that it was getting another veteran coach as a replacement.
Late last Thursday night, Niwot announced that Stephen Dimit will replace mainstay Rob Johnson as the school's new boys and girls soccer coach.
"I'm really excited to get on board," Dimit said. "Niwot has a great vision for athletics and a great soccer tradition, so it feels like I'm coming into a great situation."
After six years as the head boys soccer coach at Niwot, Johnson is will coach next season at Silver Creek. At Silver Creek, he will be closer to his family's home and will have the ability to one day coach his son Avery Johnson, who will be a freshman at Silver Creek in the fall. Johnson is coaching the Niwot girls soccer team this spring.
Dimit, 30, coached Vista Ridge to a 35-38-4 record in his five years in the head coaching position there, including a pair of state tournament appearances. Vista Ridge won just four total games in the two seasons prior to his arrival and the team posted a 19-11-1 record in his final two seasons as its head coach.
"I've kind of been looking at ways to get back to northern Colorado," Dimit said. "Back in the day, I played at Sterling so I've actually played against Niwot and I was familiar with the school and the program. When the job opened up, I thought I'd just go for it."
Staying true to its original timetable, the Niwot administration landed Johnson's successor by early April. Athletic director Chase McBride said Dimit made the final decision an easy one.
"There's no hard feelings with Rob's departure," McBride said. "The guy wants to coach his kid and you can't fault anyone for that. But Rob had established two pretty good programs so we were looking for someone else who could come in with similar experience, and experience coaching both boys and girls. Stephen was just great in his interview."
In six seasons as the Niwot boys soccer coach, Johnson compiled a 81-19-5 record. His first season, the 2010 season, was the only year his team won fewer than 14 games. In each of Johnson's six years at the helm, the Cougars reached the Class 4A playoffs and each year they won at least one game.
The Niwot boys reached the state semifinals in 2011 and reached the quarterfinals in '12, '14 and '15. The Cougars also won Northern League regular-season titles in '10 and '14. They were 15-2 last season.
Thus far through Johnson's final year as Niwot's head girls coach, the Cougars are 2-2 through four games.