Friday, November 17, 2006
Oak Creek Andy Reust is leaving his position at the helm of the Soroco High School football program after just one season.
Reust submitted his letter of resignation Oct. 30. On Wednesday, the longtime high school coach said he is "hanging it up." Reust previously had resigned as Steamboat Springs' track and field coach in September.
The 51-year-old said he hopes to spend more time with his grandchildren and to finish work on his ranch.
The Rams suffered through an injury-plagued season and finished 2-7. Reust could dress only 18 players for the Rams' final game at Rangely on Oct. 28.
Soroco athletics director Andy Johnson said he will look to fill the vacancy by first considering "in-house" candidates.
An obvious candidate is defensive coordinator David Bruner, who Reust said joined the Soroco staff this year with valuable head coaching experience.
If there is no interest among the assistant coaching staff, Johnson said he will advertise the position to outside candidates.
Reust had coached football since 1993, first as an assistant for the Steamboat Springs Middle School, and then for Steamboat's high school varsity squad. He joined the Soroco coaching staff in 2003 as an assistant and defensive coordinator before accepting the head coaching position in June.
Reust said that when next fall rolls around, he probably will miss practice sessions with his team the most.
"To me, practice is where you see the camaraderie and really can teach them," Reust said. "You preach about winning, no doubt, but it's gratifying when you teach them something and they do it right - there's just as much satisfaction there as winning a game."