Ryan Whittington Returns Home

Ryan Whittington returns to where it all began
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“This is such a great opportunity. It just fell into my lap - how it all came together. I couldn’t be more thankful for how it all worked out,” enthused Ryan Whittington of his new job.

Pending Board approval in July, Ryan will become the head football coach for a program he started for, and quarterbacked for three years.

“I’ve been away for so long,” he explained. “It’s a great opportunity to rekindle memories growing up in Rifle, playing

in Rifle, and to be able to coach at Rifle High School. It’s a huge honor to carry on the tradition of success for the last 25-years.”

Ryan is the outgoing offensive coordinator at Delta High School where he has also served as a Physical Education teacher. He has his administrative license and will be transitioning to the head coach at Rifle High School as well as Dean of Students. 

“I’m super-stoked to work with and serve the kids at Rifle High,” he said in a telephone interview. 

As a second generation Rifle High School graduate, Ryan knows the tradition of excellence and high expectations at Rifle High School.  

He has fond memories of a game winning drive that he organized as an replacement for then quarterback Jack Bloomfield to upet Faith Christian; a 171-pound state wrestling championship, and numerous playoff runs for his football team.

He went on to play football for the Colorado Mesa University as a linebacker and wide receiver, and has coached at Delta for 12-years as both offensive and defensive coordinator.

Ryan takes over for Todd Casebier who led the Bears to a 3A State Championship for the COVID-19 shortened Spring season, and took a position in Durango (the Fall 3A State Champions) to be closer to aging family members.

The shortened time frame to prepare is a concern, but Ryan is ready for the challenge. 

“I’m a firm believer in ‘things happen for a reason,’” explained Ryan. “Early in mycmy career, I applied for six or seven head coaching positions and was not successful. I put my energies into the Delta program. I’ve had great mentors, administrators and kids. This is just a great opportunity that came at the right time.”

“The timing is a bit of a challenge,” he acknowledged. “We’ll have two weeks to get to know each other and work on the intricacies of the offense. We will be able to  take time with the new system. These kids work extremely hard. Their work ethic is there. I’m excited to start working with them.”
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