Not long ago, Terrin Kelly was the official voice of the ThunderRidge Grizzlies.
Now he is the face of Fairview athletics.
On Tuesday night, the Boulder Valley School District board approved Kelly’s nomination as the new athletic director at Fairview. Until this past school year Kelly spent 17 years as a teacher at ThunderRidge High School who also lent a hand in all manner of athletic endeavors for the Grizzlies’ various programs.
Kelly replaces the venerable Frank Lee, who spent the past 18 years as Fairview’s boys basketball coach and took over as the school’s athletic director in 2001.
Before handing over the keys of Fairview’s athletic department, Lee announced that Jeff Frykholm will replace 35-year veteran Stan Jozwiak as the Knights’ boys soccer coach, while former assistant Kelsey Spencer is taking over as Fairview’s head volleyball coach.
Spencer is a Fairview alum who played at CU.
“In my 11 years as principal, Frank has been my only athletic director, and he’s probably the best in the state,” Fairview principal Don Stensrud said. “We needed to find someone with similar enthusiasm and passion that Frank has. We were looking for the right fit. We couldn’t just hire anyone. We needed the right person. (Kelly) will be the first one at the games and the last one out at the games.”
When ThunderRidge hired a new athletic director prior to the 2014-15 school year, Kelly — who was the Grizzlies’ game announcer for the better part of two decades, in addition to serving as an official scorer at track invitationals and wrestling tournaments — was forced to look elsewhere in an attempt to further his career aspirations.
As a longtime friend of Stensrud, and knowing Lee likely was stepping aside in 2015, Kelly arrived at Fairview last fall as a math teacher. He soon formed a bond with fellow math teacher and baseball coach Rick Harig, while volunteering frequently as a game manager for all manner of Fairview contests.
“Through the years I believe I’ve gained a really good understanding of all sports and how they really work,” said Kelly, who was part of the coaching staff of the 1989 Bear Creek wrestling squad that won the only state title in the program’s history. “No one knows what a track coach goes through until they’ve stood out on the track for 18 hours in the wind and the snow.
“When ThunderRidge switched ADs, the writing was on the wall that position was set for a long time. Coming up here was a great opportunity for me. I worked as a game manager as often as I could so I could meet as many people as I could.”
With Frykholm and Spencer joining Fairview’s coaching staff, Kelly said his first order of business in June will be to fill Lee’s vacancy for the boys basketball coach, in addition to filling the open position for head wrestling coach.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the BVSD board also officially approved Ed Hartnett as the new athletic director at Boulder High.
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