Doherty fills football, wrestling vacancies with continuity in mind

April 11, 2014 Updated: April 11, 2014 at 8:44 pm
photo - Jeff Krumlauf
Jeff Krumlauf 

Two new eras started Friday at Doherty with a similar theme: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Former offensive coordinator Jeff Krumlauf became the Spartans' new football coach, while alumnus Josh Galvan took over the school's improving wrestling program.

Before the 2012 season, Krumlauf, 35, accompanied David Joyce after a rebuilding project at Battle Mountain and helped lead a remarkable turnaround at Doherty. One year after a 2-8 season, the Spartans in 2013 went 8-3, claimed their first league title since 2000 and won a playoff game for the first time in seven seasons.

Now, the stage is set for bigger things with Krumlauf calling the shots in his first gig as head football coach after Joyce last month decided to go back home to coach at Mountain Home (Ark.).

And Krumlauf sees no reason to change anything just for the sake of changing, especially after his offense averaged a staggering 41 points per game last season.

"I couldn't be more excited for the opportunity to continue our winning ways at Doherty," Krumlauf said. "We want to continue improving and hopefully bring a state championship to Doherty High School. I know next year's class won't settle for getting only to the second round of the playoffs."

While Krumlauf moved to Colorado Springs much later in life - he earned his undergraduate degree from North Central College in Naperville, Ill., before spending the next seven years at Battle Mountain - while Pikes Peak region native Galvan fulfills a longtime dream to coach at his alma mater.

He inherits a team that sent four of its wrestlers to the state tournament and placed in the top 20 in the team standings.

"We're a great program already in my mind," said Galvan, 28, who holds a master's degree in math from Northern Colorado and placed fourth in the state wrestling tournament. "Now, it's time to keep building and taking that next step. We're trying to be an elite program. We want to be set up like the powerhouses like Pomona and Ponderosa. My job is to build on top of what we already have."

Galvan spent last school year teaching in Puerto Rico and had to leave wrestling behind.

Soon, he'll be able to make up for lost time.

"Wrestling has always been part of my life," said Galvan, a 2004 Doherty graduate. "Doherty gave me a leave of absence, and I got a chance to see the world, teaching out there. Through it all, I always saw myself as a coach."

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