Centaurus head football coach Chad Senseney, one of the area’s longest-tenured coaches, resigned Friday.
After 11 seasons, Senseney is moving on from a Warriors program that sent upwards of the 30 players to college programs, including about a half-dozen to Division-I schools. Senseney will remain a mathematics teacher at Centaurus.
“More than anything, the reason was that it has been 11 years and I’m looking for something different,” Senseney said. “I’ve got a young family. I’ve got two little boys, a wife. Obviously coaching takes up a lot of time and puts a lot of stress on those who do it.”
Warriors athletic director Richard Affleck said the school will begin its search for a new coach in January.
Senseney amassed a 63-54 record with the Warriors, but the past few seasons have been tough. Centaurus had its share of solid athletes but little depth with participation numbers not as high as they once were.
The Warriors finished 3-7 this fall, but had two athletes on the BoCoPreps.com All-Region football team. Those were Air Force-bound defensive lineman Mike DeVries and running back/cornerback extraordinaire Matthew Buchler, the program’s top skill-position threat over the past three seasons.
“I have really enjoyed working with Chad this year and seeing how much he cares about our student-athletes and this program,” said Affleck, who is in his first year at Centaurus. “I know he has had some very successful years here at Centaurus High School and, although this season did not end the way we had hoped, that Chad and his coaching staff made every effort to make it a great experience for our student-athletes.”
Affleck believes Senseney will return to the football field at some point, an assessment the coach agreed with. He’s just not sure when that time will come.
In addition to DeVries, some of the others who ascended to D-I programs under Senseney’s watch included defensive back Evan Erickson (Drake), lineman/tight end Waylon Lolotai (Hawaii, Northern Colorado), and offensive linemen Jordan Mellott (Colorado State) and Austin Scheufele (Harvard).
“I know that in a lot of ways I’m going to miss it,” Senseney said. “Coaching is a big part of me. I’ve been doing it for 17 years now, with boys and girls basketball, assistant at football and as the head coach. I definitely understand that it’s going to be tough at times.”
The Warriors compete in Class 3A and moved to the Metro North League this fall. They’ll remain there for at least one more season, albeit with someone different calling the signals.
“I just thought it was time,” he said. “I just thought it was time for me, for my family, and like I told Dr. (Rhonda) Haniford this morning, I though in some ways it was time for the program to maybe hear a different voice.”
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