Steamboat Springs In his eight years of competitive running, Matt Reinhold always kept a portfolio with him.
He would add tips from coaches, doodle workouts and write out things that would lead to success.
On Monday, at the first fall sports practices, Reinhold finally got to put that portfolio to use.
Reinhold was named cross country coach for Steamboat Springs High School on Friday and held workouts Monday. Reinhold took over for Glen Light, who left to spend more time with his family.
"This has pretty much been a dream since high school," Reinhold said. "I've always wanted to be a coach."
Reinhold, who moved to Steamboat in December, graduated from Clarion University of Pennsylvania with degrees in social studies and education.
He also competed in cross country and track and field all four years of college, garnering academic All-American and all-conference four years straight.
"We had three really good applicants," Athletics Director Richard Lee said. "They were all very accomplished college and high school runners. Matt really presented himself in a positive manner."
While Reinhold, 23, has never been a head coach, he said he thinks he has the foundation to help the cross-country program reach its potential.
Along with staying in touch with former coaches and teammates, Reinhold said he is well versed in exercise physiology and the social aspects of running.
"I believe I'll be successful because I know a lot about the sport of running," Reinhold said. "A lot of my former coaches have been big influences. If I have problems I can always talk to them."
Reinhold has been holding 7 p.m. practices at the high school and said initial indications are good.
"I've set high goals for everybody," he said. "We want to finish top two in the region."
Reinhold isn't a full-time teacher but hopes to substitute this year whenever he can. He said he hopes a full-time teaching position opens in the future.
For now, he's just excited to coach something he loves.
"I came from a small high school and a small college, so it's a good transition to a small team," he said. "It's something I can build up over the next couple of years."
The other fall coaching vacancy - head cheerleading coach - should be filled today, Lee said.
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