BOULDER — Ryan Henkel never planned to be one and done as girls soccer coach at Monarch High School.
He just had no idea when he took the position at MHS in January that his dream position was going to open up any time soon.
Henkel, a club coaching fixture in the area, was hired at Boulder High this week after leading the Coyotes to a 7-8-0 mark last spring.
At Boulder, he replaces Gary Grammer, who resigned after two years with the Panthers to move closer to family.
“It was a really difficult switch,” said Henkel, who had moved from Boulder to Louisville to be closer to the MHS program. “I care very much for the Monarch kids and the program. But in the end my dream has always been to be at Boulder High.”
Henkel, who helped build a club in Connecticut prior to moving to Boulder in 2003. The 37-year-old has worked with FC Boulder (formerly Boulder County Force) since 2004 and is currently director of coaching for youth girls.
“He’s got excellent soccer knowledge,” Boulder High athletic director Melissa Warfield said.
Henkel’s Monarch squad finished tied for seventh in the Front Range League last spring, one spot behind Boulder.
The Panthers went 6-6-5 last season, losing in the first round of the state playoffs. But Henkel said he believes the Panthers — who played most of last season without injured lone senior Katlyn Lokay — are primed for a deep playoff push immediately.
“I feel like (Boulder’s) talent is at the same level as cross-town rival Fairview and yet we haven’t achieved what they’ve achieved,” Henkel said. “At Boulder High I believe we should contend for a state run right away. If we don’t I’ll take everything on my shoulders as a coach.”
Henkel’s hiring leaves Warfield with one head coaching spot yet to fill.
Longtime tennis coach Gale Howard has resigned from his post as girls head coach, though remains as boys head coach.
Warfield said she’d post for the girls tennis job closer to the end of the boys season.
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