Former Broomfield star and St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguer Colt Sedbrook is the man in charge of changing the fortunes of Boulder baseball
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Former Broomfield star and St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguer Colt Sedbrook is the man in charge of changing the fortunes of Boulder baseball

If anyone could profess a need for a fresh start, the Boulder baseball team would be near the top of the list.

Perhaps no team in the state had its season end as inauspiciously as the Panthers last spring. A player revolt led to a handful of seniors missing their final few games, and the ultimate departure of coach Steve Disbrow, who was the ambassador of the program for seven seasons.

Boulder had to make a splash with its new coach, someone with the combination of supreme baseball acumen and ties to the area, yet with something of a newness about him.

Enter Colt Sedbrook.

He’s young, brash and has the track record as a player to be a perfect fit. Sedbrook starred at Broomfield and was drafted by the Colorado Rockies before heading to college. He spent a year at Dixie State before spending the rest of his college career at Arizona. He then bounced around a few minor-league stops in the Cardinals organization.

Now, he’s the man in charge of rectifying the fortunes of one of the area’s most longstanding programs.

“The biggest thing that I saw from fall baseball, winter camps and winter workouts was that a lot of the kids we have, they take the easy route,” Sedbrook said. “My biggest thing that I’m trying to accomplish is to get our guys to know that everything that they do — whether it’s at home, on the baseball field, in the classroom, with peers — it has a purpose.”

Sedbrook said anyone can take groundballs or hit off of a tee. But if those types of activities are done without purpose, the results are going to flatline.

The Panthers finished 7-11 last spring and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Enthusiasm has brimmed with Sedbrook’s arrival, with 61 players trying out at all levels.

Sedbrook isn’t issuing an immediate win-total goal, but believes his team can compete in the Class 5A Front Range League with a strong coalition of returners. So far, the players like what they see from their new skipper.

“I don’t think anyone wanted the season to end like that last year, especially for the seniors to cap their careers like that,” Panthers junior pitcher Grant Rogers said. “It’s good to have Colt. It’s a completely new start for everyone.”

Rogers especially enjoys the clean slate of the new regime. Sedbrook hasn’t seen many of the Panthers play, nor does he know any back stories, so there are no preconceptions going into the season.

“There’s no ‘What have you done for him in the past?'” Rogers said. “It’s completely like: right here, right now. I think that’s going to benefit our team.”

Sedbrook, who was a varsity assistant at Skyline and also coached the Longmont Twins summer program, will be able to deploy the 6-foot-6 Rogers on the mound, has some capable infielders in Tommy Baumgartner and Francis Lanzano, and a consistent outfielder in Connor Stowe among his newly inherited talent.

While Sedbrook would enjoy nothing more than immediate success, he understands it is a process.

“I think as a Panthers coaching staff we really want to focus on being competitive in our league, number one,” Sedbrook said. “If it’s a thing where Rocky Mountain is number one and we knock them to number two, those are the things we want to do.

“We want to grind away. We have to be gritty guys.”

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