On December 21, 2017 an unidentified text came in that Rod Sherman was out as the Valor Christian football coach. Of course that peaked our interests and some digging was done to find out the morning of December 22 that the coaching staff was brought together to confirm Sherman was out as the Eagles head coach after five seasons. Recently Valor named Ed McCaffrey their head coach. Ed becomes 1 of the 8 new leaders in 5A that will have new HCs come August.
Fast forward a few weeks and the plethora of open football coaching jobs in Colorado and Rod Sherman on the sidelines, it was.an opportunity worth inquiring about. So after a couple initial meetings and an application Rod became a leading candidate in neighboring Centennial, CO. After a football committee was assembled and the process took its course on Friday February 16, 2018 in a players only meeting, Rod Sherman was officially announced to become the new face of the Arapahoe Warriors. Sherman will not have to travel far as his new school is only 3.6 miles North from the Eagles nest of Highlands Ranch and Valor. So Sherman flew North for the winter and will be preparing for spring and summer OTAs in preparation for the fall sport of football and soaring South in the standings.
Sherman said, "he wanted to pursue other opportunities," last December.
At 2:48pm most of the crowd knew who Rod Sherman was so the announcement WAS brief & has created a BUZZ
— (((Gonzo)))HSinsider (@303Gonzo) February 16, 2018
Now many in the community are hoping Rod can develop the LPS student-athletes and the Arapahoe football program. Arapahoe High School is a public high school Established in 1964 and the biggest of the 3 with over 2200 students. The school is known for its affiliation with the Arapaho tribe of Wind River, Wyoming.
Sherman will take over for Mike Campbell who resigned after 22 years and 15 years as a head coach to take the Englewood HS job in the 2A classification.
A parents meeting is scheduled for Tuesday February 20th but the community is buzzing to learn about their next leader.
Rod Sherman came to Colorado in 2007 from Orange Lutheran in California where he was the athletic director (AD) to become Valor’s AD until 2014. In 2013, Sherman took over as head coach after serving as the team’s offensive coordinator that helped the Eagles win four straight state titles from 2009-12. Sherman was the 2nd HC in Valors history after Brent Vieselmeyer whom amassed a 55-11-0 from 2008-2012 and moved on to another out of state coaching position. Sherman went 57-11 and won three Class 5A state championships in 5 years.
In the past 15 years the Football program went 90-68 under Cambell and has been non relevant the past decade while the suburban sprawl continues in each direction. Most noticeably the Heritage Eagles have been a school of choice for many student athletes as of late as their program has blossomed. Ironically the 2012 Valor Christian football team blasted Arapahoe 49-18 under Brent Vieselmeyer in his last season as head coach and winning state 9-0 over Cherokee Trail.
So after over two decades the Warriors opposition may not see that well known counter play or tight end to the boundary that was made so famous over the years. As you peek at the roster the Warriors have 47 players listed on both HUDL and MaxPreps that are scheduled to return in 2018. The bright spot seems to be the 8-3 JV team from last season as the Freshmen suffered an 0-10 season and the Varsity settled for 3-7 in 2017.
2018 will be a fresh start with a fresh coach and a new set of values. Only time will tell as high school football is 27 weeks away from game number one. The Warriors will play in Metro East newly aligned 6 team conference in 2018-19.
Unless something changes here are the teams stated to play in an 11 week football season with one bye week during the regular season. Also new for this season will be a 24 team format for the post season play, up from 16 the past two seasons and 32 teams prior to the 2 year waterfall system that featured RPI. Official practice begins August 6, 2018.
The non-league schedule is as follows:
Castle View (8-31) who has a new HC
Heritage, 4A Rival Game for the Milk Jug & neighborhood school pride
If you have been a long time follower you will know to attend all local college events for FREE and put your cleats on college campus events. The only paid ones are listed on the cofridaynightlights.com website and will be updated as information becomes available.
Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April 1st
May 1, 2018 access to 8th graders into OTAs
August 6, 2018 Start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 Week 1 start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week now called week one.