BROOMFIELD – Jimmy Zechmann has been involved in athletics at Broomfield High in a number of different capacities, coached with several different programs and has served as an assistant under numerous different head coaches.
Now, he’s taking on a head coaching role of his own.
On Sunday, the Broomfield wrestling team announced via its Twitter account that Zechmann is taking over as the program’s leading man effective immediately. Though he’s been around the block a time or two, Zechmann said he also appreciates the gravity of being the head coach in one of Colorado’s top wrestling rooms.
“To be honest, I’m excited and I’m nervous., but in a good way,” Zechmann said. “It’s a little intimidating too because of the history of the wrestling program at Broomfield. The administration and the community have always been so supportive and it’s a daunting task because of the team’s history. They’re big shoes to attempt to fill but the good thing is I can take things from all the guys who came before me and use them to put my own stamp on the program and help us continue to have success.”
Under four different head coaches, the Eagles won four Class 4A state championships between 2009 and 2014. Those coaches were Travis Masse, Mark Schmidt, Joe Pereira and Pat DeCamillis. Having helped out program since 2008, Zechmann has coached with all of them and intends to utilize aspects of each coach’s style while putting his own stamp on the Eagles program.
Zechmann was an assistant coach for two years at Lincoln Northeast High School in Nebraska before he moved to Colorado in 2002. Also a physical education teacher at Broomfield since 2004, Zechmann has served as a mid-level head wrestling coach at Broomfield Middle School, has been the director of operations with the high school and has been as assistant coach with the program for several years. Zechmann is also an assistant coach with both Broomfield football and track, and is the athletic department’s co-director of strength and conditioning.
In the past two seasons, Broomfield has finished fourth and third in Class 4A. With plenty of talented state-qualifying wrestlers like Ryan Vigil, John Beau Hostler, Morgen Watt and others returning for 2020-21, Zechmann expects his first season at the helm to be a good one.
“I think with the guys we have coming back, the framework is there,” Zechmann said. “Of course, we graduated some big guys. But we have some good young kids coming in and some solid seniors, so we’re excited.”
Considering how successful the Eagles wrestling program has been over the past decade, there was a predictably strong group of applicants for the job. But when it came time for the hiring committee to make its final decision, Broomfield athletic director Steve Shelton said Zechmann’s dedication to the program and familiarity with its culture gave him the edge.
“Jimmy does a lot for us,” Shelton said. “His resume in terms of assistant coaching and doing all the little things for 20 years is unmatched. He also has a great coaching tree of guys that he has coached under and a lot of relationships that he has built in the community. In the end, we had a great pool of people but I thought Jimmy had earned the right to get a shot as a head coach. I just felt it was the right time for him.”