Pat DeCamillis, who helped guide the Broomfield wrestling team to several individual state titles along with a team title in 2014 as the Eagles head coach, has been named the new athletic director at Silver Creek High School. DeCamillis and multiple sources confirmed the hiring Thursday.
“It’s very exciting,” DeCamillis said. “This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a few years, and when the opportunity came up, I was lucky enough that (Silver Creek) gave me a chance.”
DeCamillis joins Silver Creek after spending the past six years with the Broomfield wrestling team, as well as teaching at the school for four years. He takes over for Kyle Schuyler, who moved to an assistant principal role with a turnaround middle school, according to sources.
After the 4A championship season of 2014, he helped keep the program competitive as it made the move up to the 5A ranks until 2018 when it finished fourth. The Eagles then finished fourth again in its return to the 4A classification in February, led by Darren Green’s individual state title at 138 pounds.
While excited for the next chapter, DeCamillis called it bittersweet to end his run leading the Broomfield wrestling program.
“It’s difficult in the sense that I love Broomfield, I love my kids and love the people of Broomfield,” DeCamillis said. “That part was difficult, but any time you grow professionally, there are difficult decisions you have to make. This was one of them.”
DeCamillis joins Silver Creek which is coming off a successful school year athletically in 2018-19. The baseball team played for the state championship in the spring while Samuel Dirkes and Hunter Potrykus won individual state titles in track and field. Multiple teams also participated in state tournaments throughout the school year.
“Silver Creek has been a successful school both academically and athletically,” DeCamillis said. “That’s what drew me there. After talking to people I’ve learned the kids at Silver Creek are awesome, and it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up because of the place it is. My hope is to add my own passion to it and try to do things there that I did at Broomfield with the wrestling program.”
Broomfield athletic director Steve Shelton told BoCoPreps the head wrestling job at his school remains open with DeCamillis’s departure. As for his former coach, he added that the character he brought to the job will make him a fit with Silver Creek in his new role as the athletic director.
“Pat is like most wrestling coaches in that he is a high character guy,” Shelton said. “He stabilized our program when we were in a spot where we needed that. He came in and did a great job. We have a history of success and he re-established that.”