BROOMFIELD — A good coach should never be measured by their win and loss total.
If they are good at what they do, their record should be secondary.
That was always the case for Wayne Voorhees, since the first day he stepped foot in Legacy High School in 2000.
“In every conversation I had with him and every decision he made the phrase he used over and over again was, “Is it best for kids?” This drove everything he did and Legacy was lucky to have him,” said former Lightning basketball coach Gunnar Johnson, who worked alongside Voorhees for six years. “It really changed my way of thinking because sometimes doing something one way was much easier but if there was another way to do something even if it required much more time, commitment, or effort then that was the way to do it even if it was just little bit better for the kids.
“Sometimes this is an uphill battle with public schools but Wayne was always willing to fight the battle if it was best for kids. So refreshing when so many high school coaches are in it for the wrong reasons.”
Voorhees let his staff and his players know last month that he was moving on from Legacy to explore a different opportunity at the new Riverdale Ridge High School in Thornton. He will be the Ravens head coach next season when they embark on their inaugural season in Class 2A.
“I’m looking forward to the next challenge, which is opening a new program and being in charge of assembling a great staff,” said Voorhees, who would love to continue teaching for at least 10 more years. “And trying to build an outstanding football program, which I think we are going to do.”
The well-respected Voorhees will have some heavy hitters on his staff, including to date: former Northglenn coach Scott Gallas (offensive line) and his son Tyler Gallas (offensive coordinator), Keith Humphries (defensive backs at Horizon), AJ Rubio (defensive line from Legacy), Tim Cardenas (Prairie View) and quite possibly Mark Roggy (who led hugely successful programs at Greeley West and Resurrection Christian).
In joining Riverdale Ridge, Voorhees will work for athletic director Harry Waterman, who spent a majority of the last decade as an assistant commissioner with the CHSAA.
“I’ve known Harry for a long time in a lot of different capacities and I am looking forward to working for him,” Voorhees said. “I have now ill will towards Legacy, but this is going to be a fun opportunity in my opinion to build something special.”
Voorhees took over the Lightning program from Dominic Capra in 2003 and over his 15 season with the program guided Legacy to a 96-64 record and over a dozen playoff appearances.