The honors just keep rolling in for Broomfield girls soccer.
Six months after the Eagles took home the Class 5A state crown with a 3-1 win over Rock Canyon, the United Soccer Coaches organization awarded head coach Jim Davidson with the 2021 National Coach of the Year award for large public school girls soccer teams. The organization, which was once the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, houses thousands of members and is billed as the largest soccer coaches organization in the world.
“I think the recognition is really nice, but it should be a reflection of what my girls accomplished last spring and how excellent my coaching staff is,” Davidson said. “It’s nice to be recognized and show the level that the program is playing at and exists. It’s very humbling.”
Davidson believes the success came not only through the hard work and dedication of the players, but the philosophy he’s run his teams with. In his long tenure with the Eagles, Davidson has tried to fill his coaching staff with fellow educators within the Boulder Valley School District who prioritize relationships and friendships. Their coaching philosophy circulates around making the playing field an extension of the classroom.
It helps, of course, that Davidson and his coaches worked with a star-studded roster to carry them into the history books. It’s clearly been working, as he won the same award on the boys side in 2015.
“(My teams have) all been great and unique in their own ways, but this was, without a doubt, the most talented group of players that I’ve had on the girls side,” he said. “There is a lot of ability and a lot of athleticism and they’re really, really smart kids and great students. They just have a great, collective work ethic.”
Boulder football looking for a third head coach in as many seasons
Boulder football’s growing pains don’t seem to be done quite yet.
After Ryan Bishop took the Panthers to the Season D Class 5A state title game in the spring of 2021, he stepped down from the program to take on the role of athletic director. His assistant, Craig Van Patten, stepped up to take over the head coaching position.
Now, they’re looking for head coach number three in less than a year after the Panthers finished the 2021 fall season with a 4-6 record. The Boulder athletic department has closed the application process and will now begin diving into its current pool of applicants.
Recruiting trail staying hot for local athletes
It’s that time of year again when high school athletes and college coaches alike are trying to find the best fit at the next level.
Erie football has seen offer after offer as of late, and that trend is trickling all the way down to its underclassmen. That’s to be expected after a near-perfect season that ended with a run to the Class 4A state title game.
Senior tight end Ryan McConnell earned a preferred walk-on offer from Northern Colorado and senior middle linebacker Gavin Malek received another in-state offer from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Senior tight end and outside linebacker Aidan Achtziger has decided to keep his talents in Colorado, as he announced he would be committing to Western Colorado University.
— Aidan Achtziger (@aidanachtziger) January 25, 2022
On Wednesday, sophomore quarterback Blake Barnett tweeted out that he had received an offer from Colorado State and had even garnered interest from reigning national champion Georgia.
— Blake Barnett (@blakebarnett03) January 27, 2022
Signing day will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 2.
Local teams dominating in every winter sport
The BoCo-area teams have always been strong competitors, and few things show that more than the CHSAANow.com’s weekly rankings every season.
This week, three girls basketball teams sat among the top 10 in their respective classifications thanks to impressive seasons from Class 5A’s third-ranked Monarch (13-1 record), and Class 4A’s No. 4 Mead (14-1) and No. 5 Holy Family (12-2). Mead’s lone loss came by one point in a 48-47 final against Platte Valley last month and Monarch recently dropped its first game to Rocky Mountain in a 69-64 final on Tuesday.
Four boys teams rank among the best in their 4A classification, but that number might change come Monday when CHSAA releases its latest poll. Mead (11-4) takes the highest honor at No. 3, but Longmont (11-5) — who had been just on the outside at No. 13 — pulled off the upset over the Mavericks on Wednesday in the 53-48 finish. The Trojans may find themselves in the top 10 in the next few days. Holy Family (11-4) rang in at No. 6 as No. 9 Centaurus (12-4) and No. 10 Frederick (12-3) rounded out the local teams that have been dominating boys basketball.
Monarch hockey has been making significant noise with its 7-2 record and No. 3 ranking in Class 5A. Three boys wrestling teams have found ways to stand out through tough Colorado competition as, once again, Monarch ranks among the best of the best in 5A at No. 4 in the OnTheMat rankings. Broomfield and Erie sit at Nos. 7 and 10 in 4A. Even the Legacy girls are getting some recognition at No. 9 among all the teams in the state.
Prepswimco.com has put a lot of faith in the local ladies as it has recognized Fairview at No. 2 and Legacy at No. 4 in 5A. Niwot (No. 4), Broomfield (No. 8) and Silver Creek (No. 9) are also earning points in the pool as Holy Family rounds out the Boulder Valley’s and St. Vrain’s efforts at No. 6 in 3A.