Cheyenne Mountain names Jay Saravis as new football coach

(Dan Mohrmann/

Cheyenne Mountain football might be getting a bit of an east coast makeover in 2017. Athletic director Kris Roberts announced the hire of Jay Saravis as the program's new football coach.

He takes over for Willie Roberts, who left the program in late-April.

"I'm excited for the energy, knowledge and passion that Coach Saravis will bring to our program," Roberts said in a statement. "He is a proponent of multi-sport athletes and has demonstrated the ability to develop a culture of toughness, team work and hard work.

As evidenced by several conversations with former players Jay is invested, committed and consistently builds relationships that have lasted well beyond high school with his student-athletes. His contribution in the speed and strength arena will be a tremendous asset to our football program and entire athletic department."

Saravis comes from the Massapequa school district in New York. His most recent coaching stop is as the defensive coordinator for Massapequa and has also coached lacrosse, softball and track.

He is a health educator and the strength and conditioning coach as well. But his excitement for a new challenge might be the spark to the program that the Indians are looking for.

"Bring it," Saravis said. "I'm very excited about this move."

He said that the second Roberts released the news on Monday, he started getting emails from the Cheyenne Mountain community, including seniors on the football team, welcoming him to the family.

The interactions with everyone from the school administration to some of his soon-to-be-players has him ready to start the season.

But he knows that in order for the Indians to be successful, it's going to take work. That will work will start on the practice field, a place that he believes holds the most value for a football team.

"I'm all about the quality of practice" he said. "I'm the anti-Allen Iverson. I think practice really dictates how well your team plays. So I'm very organized."

Saravis is finishing up the school year in New York and Roberts noted that the does not anticipate team training activities to begin prior to July 10.

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