LONGMONT — Kevin Puckett loves Skyline High School, loves the girls he’s coached and loves the parents involved with the soccer program.
But after 12 years leading the Falcons girls soccer team, Puckett has made the difficult decision to hang up his whistle and spend more time with family and his family businesses.
He resigned last week after a successful run that included a 99-80-9 overall record, eight winning seasons and numerous runs to the postseason.
“I loved coaching at Skyline,” Puckett said in a phone interview Wednesday night as he watched the Class 4A state championship game in Commerce City. “It was a hard decision to leave. But after 12 years it was time for change and to focus on business and family.”
Puckett and his son run The Playoff sporting goods store at 626 S. Sunset St., in Longmont and are in the process of making the store soccer-specific. They also own Skazma, a screen-printing store next door.
“It needed more of my time,” Puckett said.
The Falcons enjoyed their most wins ever under Puckett last year during a 12-5-0 campaign that included a trip to the second round of the state playoffs. The Falcons followed that up this year with an 8-7-1 season and playoff appearance.
Puckett sent numerous players to the college ranks, most notably Nikki Marshall, who went on to a record-setting career for the Colorado Buffaloes. Marshall now plays in the Women’s Professional Soccer league.
Puckett also spent six years with the Falcons boys program during his run at Skyline, including five as head coach.
“I think the biggest thing was just stability,” Skyline athletic director Mike Green said. “The girls always knew he was going to be there. I think he’s been well-respected around the league and has done a fantastic job.”
The girls soccer job opening is posted on the St. Vrain Valley School District website. Green said it would be filled this summer or early in the fall, depending on what the candidate pool is like over the summer.
SPRING TURNOVER IN FULL SWING
Skyline’s girls soccer post is far from the only coaching job open in Boulder County right now. Skyline itself recently hired coaches for girls softball and boys golf.
Scarlet Gemm, a former head coach at Aurora Central, is the Falcons’ new softball coach, while former Silver Creek head coach Cory Hoople has taking over the Skyline boys golf team after several years of turnover for that program.
But there are coaching positions open at many schools around the area, not to mention athletic director posts at Monarch and Silver Creek.
Coaching-wise, Lyons and Mead are still in the market for football coaches, with Lyons also seeking a girls basketball coach. Boulder is seeking a girls basketball coach, while Centaurus is still looking to replace Andy Horning on the boys side.
Other jobs currently posted on school district websites include Frederick boys golf, Erie tennis, Longmont softball and Monarch volleyball and softball.
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