After seven conference coach of the year awards in 14 seasons, Doug Duffy has resigned as Niwot High cross country coach.
Duffy coached 11 teams to finish in the top 10 at state and four in the top five. Since 2000, the Cougars boys and girls have qualified for state each season.
In 1999, Duffy also oversaw the first conference cross country title in school history.
“I have great memories of the 14 years,” Duffy said. “I’m fortunate to have crossed paths with hundreds of young men and ladies who were willing to work their tails off and do athletic things that most teenagers wouldn’t think possible.”
Duffy is resigning, among other things, to spend more time with his family, including his son, who will be a freshman soccer player at NHS in the fall.
“I’ve got to respect anybody who puts family first,” Niwot athletic director Jim Butterfield said.
Duffy will continue teaching at Niwot, where he’s taught for 21 years. He also will stay on as assistant basketball coach and sponsor the student council.
Winning eight regional championships, Duffy’s Cougars were competitive. But to him, cross country was also about building character.
“We asked kids to put self-serving interest aside for the interest of the team,” Duffy said.
In his third year at Niwot, Butterfield now has had to replace head coaches for every sport at Niwot except football, boys tennis, gymnastics and wrestling.
Butterfield said he would like to have a cross country hire made by March or April.