While coaching changes are fairly commonplace as the school year winds down, this one required a double-take.
Ken Ebersole, a 28-year fixture with the Centaurus boys soccer program, is moving on.
Ebersole’s son, Ryan, will be a senior on the New Mexico Division-I club lacrosse team next year. His daughter, Allison, is amidst her senior soccer season at Centaurus and set to play at Hesston College — Ken’s alma mater — next season.
“Obviously it’s always tough to step away from something you’ve done for a while and really loved,” Ken Ebersole said. “But it’s also a chance to watch Allison play and watch Ryan play a little bit more as well.”
Ebersole also is retiring from his day job at Centaurus, where he teaches physical education, student council, and is part of the school’s credit-recovery program, Horizon.
His Warriors were regular competitors in the Class 4A circuit and advanced to the state quarterfinals as recently as 2013. His best season was 2001, when he guided the Warriors to the semifinals against Liberty.
He and Broomfield coach Jim Davidson were hoping for an all-area championship game that season, but alas, after both squads fell in the semis it was an all-Colorado Springs duel with Lewis-Palmer topping Liberty.
The Warriors are coming off a 12-4-1 season this fall in which they were edged 2-1 by Niwot in the round-of-16. That means Ebersole’s successor won’t be coming into a rebuilding situation.
“There are some great kids who are coming up and will stay involved,” Ebersole said. “It’s been good for quite awhile and I think it will stay that way.”
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