Jay Madden, the legendary football coach who brought a Class 5A state championship to Pomona in 2017, is taking over at Legacy High School, he confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
Madden was a coach at the Arvada school for nearly two decades and has compiled a 218-86 career record before deciding to step down from the PHS post after the 2020 season. The plan was to take a while longer away from the sidelines but the job at Legacy was too attractive to ignore.
“My plan was to sit out two or three years,” he said by phone Wednesday. “But when a job of that caliber, with that many kids and that much potential pops up, sometimes you just got to go for it.”
Assistant coach Kyle Rider first tweeted the news Wednesday afternoon, writing “A pleasure to welcome Jay Madden as Legacy’s next head football coach! Welcome to the family!”
— Coach Rider (@CoachKRider) May 11, 2022
Madden takes the reins from the Lightning’s former coach, Corey Heinz, who is also Madden’s good friend. It was Heinz, he said, that encouraged him to go for the job and later touted his hiring on social media, saying “So pumped for the legacy kids! Coach madden is a legend in this state! If you live up north go play for him!”
So pumped for the legacy kids! Coach madden is a legend in this state! If you live up north go play for him! https://t.co/cGDflpbmCW
— Corey Heinz (@Coach_Heinz) May 11, 2022
Madden said he started his inquiry into the job prior to spring break while finishing up his teaching career. He was offered it last week and officially hired Wednesday.
The mission now is to bring his signature style of a “winning atmosphere, No. 1, and the toughness and hard work” to Legacy, which is a 5A program that last won a playoff game in 2018.
“I think Legacy is well on its way,” Madden said. “Pomona was an incredible thing. I loved every second of it, but it’s really exciting to try and build something new.”
Madden said he plans to start meeting the football kids next week.
“The baseball team is doing great right now, so they got a lot of things going on, so I won’t be doing a lot with the kids,” Madden said. “Just getting to know them a little bit.”