Doug Kazarosian contemplated hanging up the coaching shoes altogether.
But when the opportunity to make both his coaching life and everyday life a little bit easier opened up, he simply couldn’t pass up the chance.
And so Kazarosian has turned in his Broomfield blue for Boulder purple and will take over as the Panthers’ boys tennis coach, which recently was vacated by Adrian Games.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” said Kazarosian, whose wife also works in Boulder.
So too is new Boulder athletic director Ed Hartnett, who acquires in Kazarosian a coach that won six league titles and two regional championships at Broomfield while sending a number of competitors to the state tournament.
“I have received a lot of positive feedback in regards to hiring Doug already,” Hartnett said. “So it is really exciting for the program.”
In addition to his high school coaching duties, Kazarosian is the head teaching professional at the Broomfield Swim and Tennis Club, where he just wrapped up his premier event of the calendar year, The Broomfield Open.
Kazarosian, who still plays random competitive events, was recognized by his piers in the tennis community in 2014 when he was awarded the Industry Excellence Award for his coaching of not only able-bodied players, but also as a wheelchair coach as well.
In Boulder, he takes over a program that is coming off a top-five state finish led by No. 1 singles player Kap Smith, and the Panthers have depth. Kazarosian is expecting close to 90 players to come out for the team next month.
“I think he is not only going to continue what has been built, and it is a good solid foundation, but it is going to continue to grow,” Hartnett said. “He is only going to cultivate that. I am very excited about the direction and the vision that he shared with me.”
In addition to Smith, Boulder will bring back its other two singles state qualifiers in Jackson Hawk and Cutter Esson.
Less than a month into her tenure at Broomfield, new athletic director Autumn Sereno now has just under a month to fill the void.
Sereno, who recognized the move for Kazarosian as being beneficial to him and his family, is confident that she will be able to find a coach in time.
“I think we have some options, but we are going to post it and see what pops up and kind of take it from there,” she said.
And in an interesting twist to the usual hiring process, Sereno has fielded interest from several members of the current Eagles team that are interested in sitting in on interviews.
“The initial interview is always a good time to get the athletes involved. There is always that need to buy in and feel comfortable with the person coming in,” Sereno said. “We obviously have things as an administration that we need to look at too, but I think it is important for them to be involved because they are the ones that are going to be working with day in and day out and they really need to buy into the system.”