Falcons find new football coach

Highlands Ranch resident led Lakewood to 5A title game in 2011

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Mark Robinson has found a job closer to home.

Robinson, head football coach at Lakewood for the past 16 seasons, has been hired as the new Highlands Ranch gridiron boss.

“We've lived in Highlands Ranch for 16 years,” said Robinson who replaces Darrel Gorham. “So it was really a good opportunity to move to a school inside the community in which I live and to help out a program in a community in which I live. It's going to be interesting, I'm used to driving an hour a day.”

Robinson compiled a 78-89 record at Lakewood but the Tigers went 28-16 over the past five seasons and played in the 2011 Class 5A state championship game.

He will take over a Highlands Ranch program that is coming off back-to-back 2-8 campaigns.

“I've been able to see Highlands Ranch play,” said Robinson. “They have all the potential there. It's something we have to work on. Every team is different. Every year is different. The big challenge I have in front of me right now is the fact I really won't completely get my hands on the kids until the summer. I have to try to make sure I get everything installed and ready to go by August.

“The enrollment is down from what it used to be. We're a 4A numbers school but we're playing up in 5A. That's fine. We have to put a product out there that the neighborhood is proud of. … I'm really excited about what these kids can do.”

Robinson might have to adjust his preferences to fit Highlands Ranch's personnel but he likes to employ a 4-3 defense along with a multiple set offense.

“I'm a 4-3 defensive guy, that's my favorite defense to run,” said Robinson. “I have run the 3-4 but the preference would be the 4-3. Offensively, I like to run several different sets. I like the quick passing lanes along with an option attack.”