I can just see Niwot soccer coach Stephen Dimit sitting down to read this and breathing a huge sigh of relief.
I won’t be there to jinx your teams anymore coach.
I’m saying good-bye to BoCo and the newspaper industry after 25-plus years to start something new at Holy Family High School as a teacher and in helping out in various other capacities.
It’s an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up.
But before I go, I must offer up some huge thanks to a huge cast of characters that allowed me to do what I do.
Thank you to Pat Rooney for bringing me in just a month after I was a victim of the second round of layoffs after 22 years at The Denver Post five years ago and giving me the opportunity to continue my passion.
To current BoCoPreps.com editor John Rosa and fellow writers Adam Dunivan and Brad Cochi: You guys are the best in the business and I look forward to seeing what you guys — and Brent New — continue to produce in the coming seasons. It was honor to work along side you guys, keep up the good fight.
In our business — and I will tell my students this on the first day of class in a few weeks — the key to what we do is not the quality of writing you turn in, but rather the ability to build relationships with people and listen to their stories. It makes writing them, especially with a frantic deadline staring you in the face, a lot easier.
There are a few that stand out to me and I’ll start in Broomfield, which was my stomping grounds when I started here.
So many good people from Charlene Orvis, Jim Davidson and Dan Rosseau at Broomfield; Dawn Gaffin, Mike Thompson and Luke Meadows at Legacy; Mike Wilson, Denise Sutton and Mark Sharpley at Jefferson Academy were always thrilled we were there and took the time to sit and chat for a few minutes before and after games.
I can say this now as an employee of Holy Family, we are doing great things and I wouldn’t be in the position I am in without those relationships I built with good people like Ben Peterson, Pete Villecco and Ron Rossi.
Hey Boulder Panthers, you don’t know how good you have it with Shannon Aberton and what she does for you not only as a trainer, but as a promoter of you on a daily basis. She is a spokesperson for the school and a firm believer in what is happening there.
There are so many more people out there that I could thank, but I only have a limited amount of space to do so with. You know who you are!
I had the good fortune of covering a lot of state championship contests and that is a testament to how good we have it in Boulder County. I’ve been to Mile High Stadium, Falcon Stadium at the Air Force Academy, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and the Pepsi Center to tell stories about our teams and those are memories I will not soon forget.
Boulder, Broomfield, Jefferson Academy and Dawson have all won soccer title and Centaurus was oh-so-close last season at Dick’s. Your time is coming Warriors!
I saw Phil Downing become a four-time state wrestling champion and Niwot’s Tommy Stager end a 30 year drought for Cougars when he won it all in 2017.
I saw Holy Family sweep basketball titles in 2014 and Broomfield’s girls send Mike Croell out on top … and now he’s back!
Erie’s run to the Class 3A football title game last season was as fun as I’ve had — even being locked in the stadium facilities (on multiple occasions) — the fortune of being around. The Tigers are in good hands with AD Justin Carpenter.
Thank you to all the parents who took the time to promote your kids, both the right way and the wrong way, and for sitting and chatting with me at games. Take it easy on Mr. Rosa and my fellow colleagues this season, they have a tough job to try and cover as many school and sports as they do with a limited staff. Be patient!
I will not be a stranger and will certainly have to scratch that deadline writing itch from time to time.
But for the time being, this is good-bye.
Once again, thank you all for everything you have done to make my job as fun as possible and have a great 2018-19 season. I’ll be watching!