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Gazette Premium Content Notebook: Huffman has advised Vista Ridge since being fired, but declines consultant role

SCOTT KANIEWSKI Published: September 7, 2011

Dean Huffman is no longer the football coach at Vista Ridge, but he hasn't lost his interest in the team and the team hasn't lost interest in him.

Huffman, who was fired three days before practice was set to begin last month, offered his thoughts to interim coach Les Johnson after watching a back-and-forth preseason scrimmage between the Wolves and Discovery Canyon.

“He gave me some advice,” Johnson said. “He noticed some things on our line that we needed to work on. He gave us tips on how to handle it and we implemented it and it seemed to work out for us.”

The Wolves took those tips and under Johnson’s guidance shut out Falcon 16-0 in the season opener.

Johnson wants to bring Huffman, the program's coach since its inception, back on as a consultant and has reportedly been told by school officials that he would be allowed to do so.

“Dean is an excellent Xs and Os type of guy,” Johnson said. “He has a lot of knowledge. For me it would be a great opportunity to learn a lot more from him.”

Huffman has declined the invitation, though he'll continue watching the games from the opposing stands to avoid confusing his former players.

“I’ve got to stay out of the picture,” said Huffman, who continues to teach at Vista Ridge. “I have a lot of influence on those kids. I don’t want them to be looking at me because it’s not me now.”

 

McKiernan on the mend

Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Famer Dan McKiernan underwent bypass surgery late last week and is home recovering.

“He’s doing well,” son-in-law J’on St. Clair said. “He actually went home (Wednesday).”

McKiernan established a 48-year basketball coaching career and coached area high schools Palmer, Rampart and Doherty.

He does not have a coaching job at this time.

 

Back in the box

Discovery Canyon was concerned with something more important than football after its opener Saturday as Neil Adams, who charts defensive plays for the Thunder, was taken to a hospital following the game for an undisclosed reason.

Adams, whose son is an assistant coach and who has two grandchildren on the team, was able to walk to the ambulance and was released later that night.

“Little bit of a scare,” Thunder coach Shawn Mitchell said.

Adams is expected to be back in the press box charting plays when the Thunder hosts Wasson on Saturday.

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