My name is... Craig Blaser

Arvada resident has coached six high school football championship teams since 2013


Arvada connections

My wife and I are both Arvada natives; we went to Pomona High School. I played a lot of sports but football was my first love, and I played two years at Adams State. My dad was a coach, he coached me in youth sports, so he was always kind of my hero.

There are a lot of ties to Arvada in my story. I’d had coaching jobs at Omaha South High School and Sheridan High School, and then a Pomona buddy who was the defensive coordinator at Valor Christian High School told me they had an opening, so I applied. Later on, I had a connection with a coach at Cherry Creek; he had been my social studies teacher at Pomona and he was my wife’s boss while she was in school, and we stayed in touch. So I’ve been a teacher and assistant coach at Valor and now, I’m dean of students and the defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator at Cherry Creek High School.

Six championships

I’ve been a coach in six out of the last seven 5A football championships in Colorado. In 2013, we (Valor) beat Fairview and we lost to Cherry Creek in 2014. In 2015 and 2016, we beat Pomona.

In 2018, (after taking the job at Cherry Creek), Cherry Creek lost to Valor in the championships and this year, we beat Columbine. I’ve been fortunate being around amazing athletes. I think success comes from a combination of great athletes, schools drawing kids in and the kids’ hard work and commitment.

A passion and a career

I love coaching and I love working with the kids. My motivation for becoming a coach was my grandfather. He told me when I chose something to do in life, I should find something I’m passionate about. There’s so many life lessons in sports and many ups and downs. As a coach, you don’t get paid a lot so you have to have a passion for that, and I feel fortunate to have a wife who supports that. The older my kids get, I have aspirations to coach them in youth sports and I do some of that now. I’m always going to be involved in coaching in some way.

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