BROOMFIELD — When Broomfield volleyball reports for practice next fall it will be under the first new head coach the team has had in a decade. But the face at the helm will not be unfamiliar.
Jeff Larsen has been a long-time fixture with the program, working with every level of the team in his 10 years with Broomfield. And while the new coach expects to add some new tweaks, he is optimistic his ties with the Eagles will make for a fast transition as head coach.
“It should be nice coming in knowing most of the names,” he said. “And I also hope to bring in a few people to assist me who are familiar with the program.”
Larsen was officially hired to the position on Monday, one of 13 candidates who applied for the job. The position came open in late march when Monica Tuz stepped down to spend more time with her family.
Larsen gained favor to take over the program for a number of reasons, athletic director Rod Beauchamp said. Three that came to Beauchamp’s mind were Larsen’s familiarity with the program, enthusiasm for the game and desire to integrate technology into his coaching regime.
“He big on using film as part of his coaching method, among some other things he wants to do in that direction,” Beauchamp said.
Larsen was part of the original staff Tuz brought on when she was hired in 2003. He started as the freshman coach and progressed up to work with every level, including varsity. While Larsen is familiar with how the program has been run and plans to retain some systems, he definitely plans to level his own mark at Broomfield.
“All the credit to Monica with what she was able to build,” he said. “But I have the differentiate the program and implement my own techniques.”
The Eagles graduate seven seniors from last fall’s Class 4A state tournament team. While Larsen anticipates having to fill in some key cogs on his team, he is more than certain he has the players to draw from.
“Really, I feel like we have one of our deepest programs,” he said. “So I don’t really see why we can’t have a successful year.”
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