The Fairview baseball coaching job was arguably one of the most desirable positions to become available the past couple of months. The level of play established by former coach Rick Harig in his tenure at FHS has created an environment of reloading annually instead of rebuilding.
As an assistant under Harig, David Castillo had seen that stability first hand, and that's why he threw his name in the hat when Harig unexpectedly resigned in January.
There's been nothing but excitement from the former professional player ever since.
Castillo came to Fairview in 2010, shortly after a six-year career that took him as high as Triple-A Sacramento in 2006-07. This will be his first head coaching job, but he certainly has felt he's gotten to learn that aspect of the game from one of the best, Harig, who led things at FHS since 1983.
"I had the privilege of working alongside a hall of fame coach and just learned a lot about how to manage a team," Castillo said. "A person with that much knowledge of the game, I'm blessed to have gotten that chance."
The Knights have had a great run the past two seasons, but there is a cloud hanging over the teambecause of the way last yar ended. As one of the favorites in Class 5A after the regular season, the FHS campaign was halted in their second district game against Mountain Vista.
There aren't a lot of holdovers from last year's team, which graduated nine. Senior Mitch Tyse and juniors Stone Streeter and Tyler Carpenter represent the three players with more than a handful of varsity games, with Carpenter the only returning pitcher of note experience-wise.
But with the camaraderie of Castillo and assistant Matthew Frederick, the Knights should remain competitive in the Front Range League this year and beyond.
"We did lose a lot of seniors, but with that I feel like our underclassmen were able to gain a lot by playing with those guys," Castillo said. "I'm excited some of them to develop into leaders. It might take some time, but it's exciting to watch.
"We want to live up to the Fairview expectations of going out there and competing hard every year and setting a good example for those who follow."