Bayfield High School officials turned to a veteran football coach – and a veteran educator – to take over the Wolverines’ football program.
Gary Heide, who has coached high school football in Colorado and Minnesota for 20 years, recently was named to succeed Marshall Hahn as the head coach at BHS.
“This is a tremendous opportunity,” Heide said this week as he settled his family into a new home. “It was a very appealing job because it’s exactly the size school I was looking for to be a head coach ... and it was in the right location. I really like 2A football.”
Heide (pronounced hide) most recently was an assistant coach at West Grand High School in Kremmling, in the northwest part of the state.
“I can’t tell you how much I admire what coach Hahn as done here,” Heide said. “He’s instilled a lot of great things here. I’m going to have to keep it going.”
Hahn recently left BHS to take a football coaching position in Rogers, Ark.
Heide coached in Minnesota (Hayfield High School) while tending to family matters in the Midwest.
“But I’ve been back in Colorado the last three years,” said Heide, who also coached at Soroco High School in Oak Creek, near Steamboat Springs.
He said Hahn and the Bayfield coaching staff built a spirited program. The experienced coaching staff was another selling point for Heide.
“This is an unparalleled coaching staff,” Heide said. “And I’m impressed with the coaches’ rapport with the athletes. I’ve been an educator for 20 years, and you’ve got to be able to communicate (with players) ... especially at this level.”
Shawn Tucker, he said, will take over as defensive coordinator for Herb Stinson, who retired.
“With Shawn ... we’ll have an athletic, attacking style of defense,” Heide said.
“What a great football mind he has,” the new head coach said.
Heide said the Bayfield players he’s met are enthusiastic and respectful.
“You can tell they are respectful. And when you go as far as Bayfield did (in the playoffs), you instill that sense of confidence ... the ability to compete,” Heide said, recalling Bayfield’s run all the way to the state championship game last season.
The Wolverines lost the state title game to Florence – the Wolverines’ only loss last year. It marked the Wolverines’ third consecutive appearance in the Class 2A state playoffs.
Heide said he will continue to use the triple-option offense that was developed under Hahn.
“I’m going to do what’s best for the 2012 Wolverines’ football team,” Heide said. “So, we’ll definitely continue to use the triple option.”
Plus, he said, he’ll integrate elements of the wing-T offense.
“We’ll try to integrate a few plays from the wing-T ... we’ll add a few plays to give the defenses a different look,” he said.
The additions should add counter opportunities and passing elements to the BHS offense.
“When you have success, it drives you to be better. There are expectations, and we have to rise to the expectations,” said Heide, who also will take over Hahn’s duties in the science classroom at Bayfield High School.
Heide and his wife Candy have been married for 20 years. They have two daughters attending Western State College in Gunnison: Genessa, who will be a senior in the fall, and Destry, who will be a junior.
Both were standout athletes at West Grand. Destry, a three-sport prep standout, is majoring in elementary education.
“I think she’ll be coaching down the line,” Gary Heide said.
The Heides also have twin sons entering seventh grade: Dawson and Carl Heide.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity for my family,” Heide said.