Mike Campbell with some of the Englewood High School football players.
Mike Campbell, one of Class 5A football’s longest-tenured coaches, has been named the varsity head football coach at Englewood High School.
Campbell, who spent 22 years coaching the Arapahoe Warriors in Littleton, first as an assistant coach and the last 15 as head coach, announced his departure at the end of the recent season.
Englewood, in Class 2A, will be a different sort of challenge for Campbell.
Announcing the new coach to a group of football players, parents and staff members, Athletic Director and Assistant Principal Nate Smith said the district received a large number of applications for the position, but Campbell stood out among them.
“We had one candidate that spoke to us about academic success for the students and how important it is for our students to be successful in and out of the classroom,” Smith said. “We had a candidate with a strong belief in mentoring our players and making sure each and every athlete becomes the best athlete and the best person they can be. You put on top of that 15 years of 5A head coaching experience, and the decision was clear,” Smith said.
Principal Ryan West agreed.
“Coach Campbell has a tremendous track record of success with his players both on and off the field,” he said. “I have witnessed firsthand the positive lifelong relationships that he is able to develop with his players.”
Introducing himself to the players, Campbell explained what drew him to the EHS position.
“One of the things I’ve always wanted to do is coach football in a small town,” he said. “There’s something special about a place where the neighborhood surrounds the stadium.”
Campbell also declared his excitement for coaching in a school with state-of-the art facilities.
“The facilities at this school are second to none,” he said. “There aren’t many schools with their own stadium and mascot on the 50-yard line. I am fired up for the opportunity to coach in this environment and these facilities.”
Campbell said he plans to begin weight training with the players starting Jan. 29.
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