Ryan Triece named Aspen football coach
The Aspen Times
Football is family business for the new Aspen High School head football coach.
Ryan Triece, a business teacher at AHS and a longtime football coach’s son, was named this week to take over for the retired Mike Sirko.
“We’re going to work harder than ever to continue on the success that’s been built here,” Triese said in an interview with The Aspen Times. “That’s the goal, to build from here.”
Triese has been an assistant high school football coach for seven years, including the last two years back in his native Michigan.
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His Colorado experience includes serving as defensive coordinator in 2010 for veteran coach John Ramunno at Eagle Valley High School, who just completed his 31st season as the Devils’ head coach.
Triece said he was right at home working with the Ramunno family of coaches; his father Jerry Triece coached football for 30 years in Michigan, leaving a legacy at Marshall High School that included multiple state championships.
In addition to growing up in a football family, Ryan Triece went on to play as a walk-on wide receiver at NCAA Division I Central Michigan. His position coach was Butch Jones, now at the University of Tennessee.
“I’ve coached … all phases, including special teams,” Triece said. “And I can’t say enough about the Ramunnos and my experience at Eagle Valley.”
Now, he said, he’s ready to apply what he’s learned along the way, including his time as an assistant with Mike Sirko, who retired as Colorado’s sixth all-time winningest prep football coach (capped by his final seven seasons at AHS).
“We’ll keep a lot of things the same,” he said, adding that he is ecstatic to keep the assistant coaching staff together that Sirko had blended. “I definitely have some wrinkles … I’m a pro-I formation guy.”
Aspen High School athletic director Carols Sams said Triece brings a wealth of experience to the football position.
“He’s so passionate about football, about the program,” Sams said. “He wants to take it from the program that coach Sirko built.”
He’s already working with the players in their offseason weight training programs.
Triece also is from a baseball family, and he’ll take the reins of the Aspen baseball program in the spring.
He served for a year as the Eagle Valley head baseball coach.
“I’m excited,” Triece said of his double-duty coaching assignments.
He said that he and wife Tara knew they wanted to move back to the West when he jumped at the opportunity to be a business teacher at Aspen High School.
Now, he said, he can’t wait to jump into the opportunity with the baseball and football teams.
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