November 26, 2013 Updated: November 26, 2013 at 9:20 pm
In the end, the losses caught up to Dean Huffman. So the former architect of a rapidly successful program at Vista Ridge recently turned in his resignation after only two seasons at Sierra.
Huffman's teams went 4-16.
"I felt like we have a recipe for success," Huffman said. "I don't feel like I can do any more for those kids. I had never had two losing seasons in a row, and we all worked very hard. Someone will take them to a higher spot, but I'm not sure I could get them to believe."
Huffman started the program at Vista Ridge when the school opened in 2008, and his Wolves went 8-2. By the end of his third season, Vista Ridge had reached the 3A state semifinals with his first senior class. Philosophical differences led to his ouster just days before summer practice leading into the 2011 season.
At Sierra, that rapid success never materialized, but it wasn't for lack of effort.
"The program itself has moved in the right direction in regard to the kids working hard and being positive," Sierra athletic director Mike Geniesse said. "A coach needs to be in the right situation to be successful, and I don't know if this was the right environment for Dean. This gives him an opportunity to look elsewhere, to find that right situation."
Geniesse said he hopes to have a new coach in place by late January.