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High school sports

Valor Christian football coach steps down

Sherman was at helm for three titles, an assistant on four other championship squads

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Valor Christian Athletic Director Jamie Heiner probably already is flooded with job applications.

Valor is seeking a new head football coach after Heiner announced in a news release on Dec. 22 that Rod Sherman was stepping down. Consideration of and response to employment inquiries for the position of head coach began immediately through Valor's website: www.GoValor.com/welcome/careers.

Valor Christian, a private school in Highlands Ranch, has one of the most prominent football programs in the state and the vacancy will draw plenty of attention.

In 10 football seasons, Valor teams have compiled a 112-22 record in three different classifications and won seven state championships, while developing many Division I football players.

Sherman was the school's first athletic director when Valor opened in 2007 and served as an assistant football coach and offensive coordinator during a run of four consecutive state championships between 2009 and 2012.

He took over the head coaching duties from Brent Vieselmeyer in 2013 and led the Eagles to three more state titles. Sherman, who has been director of institutional advancement since 2015 when Heiner assumed the AD position, had a 57-11 record as head coach.

The Eagles were undefeated during the 2017 regular season but were upset by Grandview in a Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game.

“Coach Sherman developed our student-athletes and programs on the foundational values of Valor athletics: competitive excellence and Christian faith,” Heiner said in a statement. “His active commitment to both values has left a deep and lasting imprint on our school as a whole and in the lives of students and alumni.”

Sherman could not immediately be reached for comment but provided some comments in the statement that was released on Dec. 22.

“I will always treasure my time at Valor but it has become apparent to me that this is now the right time to step down and pursue other opportunities,” he said.

“I believe the future of Valor football is incredibly bright with numerous returning players and a strong freshman class this past season. I wish the Valor community and all players past present and future the very best in all their endeavors.”

Sherman expressed gratitude in his departing statement.

“I am incredibly proud of what all the Valor athletic programs have accomplished since I was hired as founding athletic director,” he stated. “I was blessed to serve under coach Brent Vieselmeyer and it has been a very special blessing to serve as head coach for the last four years.”

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