Kalen Ballage and many of his Falcon returning teammates didn't seem to mind spending part of a Thursday early summer night in a stuffy school auditorium. Finally getting a chance to move forward with the football program made it worth the four-month wait.
"Four months, that's a long time," said Ballage, a playmaking receiver who is one of the most highly recruited athletes in the state. "It definitely feels good to be here. It can't be better than this. These are coaches we already know, and we've been successful with them. That's always a good thing."
Brian Green and Terry Poirier, who previously coached most of the varsity at Falcon Middle School, officially met the team as co-head coaches. Both agreed to coach the team in tandem, just as they did for the Firebirds.
Green, who previously was head coach at Calhan who also led the Peyton boys' basketball team for seven seasons, reunites with Poirier, who spent the past 16 years at Falcon Middle School and also assisted at Coronado and Harrison before taking the reins of the first football team at CSCS.
"One thing we know, working the last 10 years together, is that there's a synergy that exists between our leadership," Green said. "We felt like we could bring that same synergy, that same coaching, to the high school."
The Falcons, a 4A playoff team the past two seasons with a 7-4 record each year, had been without a coach since Feb. 6, when the school did not renew the contract of Trevor Hudson.
Little did Randy Hinson, the school's athletic director, know the strange course of events that would take place. He hired the same coach, Keith Gille, twice, but both times it unraveled and the Falcons found themselves right back at square one a week after the school year ended.
But as it turns out, two co-head coaches, while uncommon, might benefit the team as it scrambles to start summer workouts and get prepared for its season opener Aug. 30 against Widefield.
"I've never been around a program with two head coaches, but if anyone can do it, these guys can," Hinson said.
"I couldn't be happier with the way it eventually worked out. A lot of people are saying it's worth what we went through to get to this point, and I agree."
Chad Hall, a senior two-way lineman who moved to Falcon from Pagosa Springs prior to his sophomore year, expressed plenty of enthusiasm, now that his team finally has a leader.
OK, two leaders.
"I think it's great to have two coaches," Hall said. "They already have that chemistry together, and I think it'll work well for us. We were just looking for someone to lead us. It's been since forever, and it was stressful. It sucked, not knowing where your senior season is going to go and just being disappointed over and over again. Now, we're all excited and ready to go."