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AHS looking for new football coach

John Colson

Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN A search committee on Thursday began interviewing candidates for Aspen High School’s next football coach, and the principal says he hopes to have interviews completed by Jan. 26.”We started the interviews yesterday,” AHS Principal Charlie Anastas said Friday, after explaining there was an initial list of “13 or so” candidates that District Athletic Director Carol Sams whittled down to an undisclosed number.Anastas said the committee consists of him and the assistant principal, a teacher, a member of the football coaching staff, Sams and a student who will be on the school’s football team next year.Ansastas said the district would not release the names of those interested in the job, which opened last month when Travis Benson resigned rather than accept a demotion to assistant coach.His resignation followed a suggestion by Superintendent Diana Sirko that he step down for an undetermined length of time to allow Sirko’s husband, a celebrated high school football coach, to come on board as a “mentor” to the school’s coaching staff.Mike Sirko, who recently retired as a coach in the Colorado Springs area, has applied to replace Benson, as has former Aspen school board candidate Andrew Kole. Kole said Friday that he had not received a call to set up an interview.”I didn’t even get a call saying I wouldn’t be getting a call,” he added. “I’d hoped they’d call all the candidates, at least as a courtesy.”He said he also had not been able to learn who else was seeking the job, but noted, “I know they interviewed Mike Sirko. That I know for sure.”As for the district’s refusal to release the names of those applying for the post, which pays roughly $4,500 a year, Kole said, “That’s absurd. That’s that secret society stuff that I think is wrong.”Attempts Friday to reach Diana Sirko were not successful.John Colson’s e-mail address is jcolson@aspentimes.com


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