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Baseball: Apodaca adds to Silver Creek duties as head coach
Paul Aiken / Daily Camera
Baseball: Apodaca adds to Silver Creek duties as head coach

LONGMONT — Silver Creek football coach Mike Apodaca is taking on an even bigger role within the school and its athletic department.

After coaching the Raptors football team this fall, Apodaca will now turn around and coach the baseball team in the spring after accepting a second head coaching job with the Raptors.

“Baseball has always been a huge passion of mine,” Apodaca said. “Coaching kids and being a part of Silver Creek athletics is a huge part of my life. With my kids all out of school, it felt like a good time in my life to take on a new challenge.”

Apodaca has coached the Raptors football team for the past 11 years, including three consecutive 3A title game appearances and a 2012 state championship.

Apodaca has coached the Raptors’ baseball C Team for the past nine years and has coached the players in the summer for six. He has also been an assistant boys basketball coach for 10 years.

Coaching the Raptors in several sports and throughout the entire year, Apodaca has coached nearly all of the school’s male athletes in one capacity or another.

With Raptors baseball team, however, Apodaca will be taking over a program that has gone 7-31 over the past two seasons. Despite the team’s recent struggles, Apodaca remains optimistic about his familiarity with the team and its potential.

“We have a lot of talent and fortunately for me, I’ve coached the majority of these kids at one time or another in their careers,” Apodaca said. “That’s allowed me to develop a rapport with most of them. The reality of it is that I’ve coached here at Silver Creek for a long time and this is what I do.”

After interviewing five coaching candidates in total, Silver Creek athletic director Marty Tonjes said he was happy to finally decide on an internal hire with Apodaca.

“I was exceptionally pleased,” Tonjes said. “I’m excited for Silver Creek and for him. Everyone knows he’s a stellar coach. He values our kids and our community and you cannot question his passion for Silver Creek and the game of baseball.”

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