Five Colorado head foot­ball coaches who are new at their schools to watch this fall.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle New­man Kyle New­man: 303-954-1773 knew­man@den­ver­ or @KyleNew­manDP

As the cal­en­dar turns to Au­gust and the of­fi­cial start of fall foot­ball prac­tice looms weeks away, Den­ver Post preps editor Kyle New­man breaks down five off­sea­son head coach­ing hires to keep an eye on head­ing into the start of a new sea­son:

Joe John­son, Chero­kee Trail

Af­ter 17 sea­sons and three state Class 4A cham­pi­onships at Thun­derRidge, John­son headed east to Aurora to be­come the Cougars’ third head coach in three years. John­son is 205-86 in 22 years of coach­ing — a ca­reer mark that in­cludes a stint at Douglas County from 1994-98 — and he fig­ures to bring a new level of in­ten­sity to Chero­kee Trail, which went 5-6 in 2016 en route to a first-round play­off loss. The Cougars will lean on ju­nior run­ning back Dy­lan James to cre­ate sparks of­fen­sively this fall.

Tony Lind­say, Far North­east

A fix­ture on the Den­ver South side­line for the past decade, Lind­say crafted the Rebels into the city’s best foot­ball pro­gram via seven straight play­off ap­pear­ances and a 2012 Class 4A ti­tle game show­ing. But the move to Far North­east will be an en­tirely dif­fer­ent chal­lenge for Lind­say, as the War­riors had as many head coaches — three — as to­tal wins from 2014-16. Se­nior run­ning back/free safety Keisean Parker high­lights a ros­ter that’s a blend of play­ers from smaller high schools around the Mont­bello area, and Lind­say should have am­ple fu­ture tal­ent to work with thanks to the Class 5A co-op school’s cur­rent en­roll­ment of 2,948 — the sec­ond­largest in Colorado be­hind Cherry Creek.

Travis Peeples, Fred­er­ick

The lat­est coach­ing stop for Peeples — who was an as­sis­tant at Cheyenne South in Wyoming last sea­son, and the head coach at Aurora Cen­tral and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Gree­ley West in the two years be­fore to that — brings him to Fred­er­ick, where the War­riors have won two games in the past three sea­sons com­bined. But Peeples, a quar­ter­back at the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Florida in the early 1990s, is known for his abil­ity to turn pro­grams around. He led Aurora Cen­tral to an 8-2 mark and a play­off ap­pear­ance in his lone sea­son on the job, and key Fred­er­ick re­turn­ers such as se­nior run­ning back/strong safety Matt Ol­son give the first-year coach some­thing to work with.

Ju­lian Banks, North­field

Af­ter coach­ing Adams City for two sea­sons, Banks steps in to guide a North­field team that went 7-3 at the ju­nior var­sity level last fall in its first full sea­son as a pro­gram. It’s a unique op­por­tu­nity for both Banks — who played pro­fes­sion­ally in Europe and is the quar­ter­back for Colorado Grey­hawks, one of the best semi-pro foot­ball teams in the en­tire coun­try — as well as the Nighthawks, who will use 2017 as another grow­ing op­por­tu­nity be­fore the pro­gram be­comes an of­fi­cial var­sity pro­gram at the Class 3A level in 2018.

Taylor Calvert, Gate­way

It’s the third Aurora coach­ing stop for Calvert, who left his gig as a Rangeview as­sis­tant to take the job with the Olympians and also served as Aurora Cen­tral’s head coach from 2014-16. Calvert in­her­its some re­turn­ing tal­ent from Gate­way’s 2-8 team last sea­son, in­clud­ing a skilled of­fen­sive core of se­niors in run­ning back Kevin Tray­lor Jr., quar­ter­back Xavier Delk and wide re­ceiver Ajonte Manlove. The Olympians’ 2017 suc­cess is largely de­pen­dent on whether they can get some mo­men­tum out of the gates, when their sched­ule opens at Lit­tle­ton and Grand Junc­tion Cen­tral.

Bren­den Neville, Special to The Den­ver Post

Den­ver South coaches Tony Lind­say, left, and Troy Lind­say speak to their team af­ter a loss to Wind­sor at All-City Sta­dium in Den­ver dur­ing last sea­son’s play­offs. Tony Lind­say took the head coach­ing job at Far North­east dur­ing the off­sea­son.

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