Monarch’s new boys soccer coach Kyle Reddy said he still regularly speaks to longtime Broomfield coach Jim Davidson, who he calls his mentor.
The 2008 Broomfield grad won three state titles with Davidson, two as a player and another as his assistant coach in 2017. Now, he’s in the head chair of a program that has just three winning seasons in the last 10 years.
The early days of his tenure have been “a challenge, I’d say that,” he said, “but at the same time exciting and fun.”
And while the current sample size of six games is likely too small to predict where his program could end up in late October, the Coyotes’ current four-game winning streak certainly shows promise. During it, they’ve outscored their opponents 10-0.
“In my opinion, and this is just my opinion, our record and the score line of the games that we’ve played do not reflect our potential,” Reddy said prior to Thursday’s win over Greeley West. “I really think this team has a high potential of going far, further than they’ve gone in the past.”
Reddy, who took over right before the season, said right away he has tried to implement a culture tied to strong values on and off the soccer field.
“The first three things I ever said to this team was be humble, believe in yourselves and respect each other,” Reddy said.
The Coyotes won just five games last year and finished 11th in the Front Range League. They’re currently 4-2.
Fairview XC looking strong under Culpepper
Another splashy hire around town came when Fairview brought aboard Alan Culpepper to take over the cross country program this fall.
The former All-American distance runner at the University of Colorado and Olympian in 2000 and 2004 has the Knights off to a nice start. On Tuesday, although Culpepper told his team to use the Denver East Angel Invitational as a workout, the boys and girls teams won anyway. Senior Kinsey Hall led the girls efforts with the individual race win, her time of 19 minutes, 17 seconds a full 23 ticks faster than second place. For the boys, Wiley Feiger and Henry Murphy placed second and third, respectively.
“I was really proud of how they executed and the fact that they could just let their fitness guide them a little bit more,” Culpepper said. “I think it was a good step for them to see that even in a low-intensity type race dynamic they can go and put forth a good effort.”
Culpepper took over a program that fared well in 2018, with the boys finishing fifth at state and the girls seventh. He said he hopes to build off that success while bringing in his high-level attention to detail.
“We have a great group of kids and a great team dynamic that I was able to come in and already build off of that and add in my own little flavor to it,” he said. “I think we’re in a great place, especially at this point in the season.”
The volleyball program at Broomfield remains unbeaten with a month gone into the fall season. The Eagles beat Rocky Mountain in four sets Tuesday and handed Loveland its first loss of the year in four sets Thursday to improve to 9-0.
Fairview volleyball beat Rangeview and Legacy this week to move to 8-0, but then dropped from the ranks of the unbeaten with a five-set loss to Rocky Mountain Friday.
In boys soccer, meanwhile, Legacy and Broomfield improved to 5-0 this week. The Lightning, ranked No. 1 in the CHSAANow.com polls, have outscored their first five opponents 24-3. They beat Rocky Mountain 3-1 Wednesday. The No. 2 Eagles, on the other hand, beat Horizon 3-0 Thursday.
Fairview football has clearly put its 43-point, Week-2 loss to Ralston Valley in the past. It beat ThunderRidge 40-6 on Sept. 13 and Doherty 54-21 Friday. … Per its twitter, Monarch announced the hiring of Tim DeBerry as its boys basketball coach. He’ll be the team’s fourth coach in five seasons … Broomfield’s Bryna Kapelke leads Class 5A with 29 RBIs. … As of Saturday morning (per MaxPreps), here’s the FRL team kill leaders: Grace Andrews had 105 kills for Fairview, Vicki Fankell has 92 for Broomfield, Tess Defillipi 89 for Boulder and Emma Kennedy leads Monarch with 72 kills. (Legacy did not have up-to-date stats as of early Saturday). … In a tennis matchup of two of the better aces around town, Fairview’s Luke Silverman beat Monarch’s Michael Conde 6-1, 6-0 in a dual Tuesday.