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Gazette Premium Content Rampart hires Rob Royer as football coach

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By Scott Kaniewski Updated: January 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Multiple times Rob Royer was described as adaptable Wednesday.

When you've coached in front of 43,000 screaming fans on more than one occasion, adaptable is just part of the job.

On Wednesday, Rampart hired Royer to take over the school's head football coaching position, the school announced via Twitter.

The 1991 Rampart graduate, who was offensive coordinator at Woodland Park the past two seasons, was ecstatic to be back in District 20 coaching at the same place he grew up.

"It means everything to me: the chance to give back and give back to the community," Royer said. "I was a District 20 kid, born and raised in District 20. I jumped at it (this chance). I'm thrilled to be back at Rampart High School."

Royer was among 60 candidates who applied, including some as far away as Oregon and Florida. Five were interviewed - including one from Nevada via Skype - but the Rampart alumnus landed the position.

"I just think he's going to come in, and he has a system, but acknowledges he has to fit it to the kids," Rampart athletic director Andy Parks said. "You've got to know your athletes and know it's going to work."

Royer addressed his players Wednesday afternoon.

"We want to compete right away," Parks said. "That's one thing he talked about and the kids liked to hear and everybody liked to hear."

Royer's coaching background includes stints as head coach at Summit for four seasons and as an assistant in the mecca of prep football - Texas. It was there that Royer got to coach in both the old and new Dallas Cowboys stadiums, standing on the sidelines while more than 40,000 fans watched.

"Texas football is very unique," Royer said. "It's nice to bring back some of that attitude from that organization and bring it to Colorado with me."

Royer takes over for JJ Owens, who suddenly resigned Nov. 15. Owens went 11-19 in three seasons.

Royer worked under Joe Roskam the past two seasons at Woodland Park.

"He's adaptable," Roskam said. "He knows how to fit to his personnel and knows how to fit to the kids.

"He's a really good game manager."

Royer, whose wife, brother, sister and sister-in-law went to Rampart and whose mom taught at Rampart, is eager to get started.

"We're going to get these kids back in the weight room Monday," Royer said. "I'm in the process of trying to build my staff, so we have a lot of puzzle pieces to figure out."

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