Lakewood picks Braun to head football program

Lakewood quarterback Casey Nichols, pictures during a game against Fairview earlier this season.

Lakewood will have a new football coach next season. (CHSAANow.com file photo)

Jeff Braun, a longtime assistant coach at a number of Colorado schools, will be Lakewood's next football coach.

The school announced that it had hired Braun in an email Wednesday afternoon. He spent the past two years as the Tigers' defensive coordinator, and has also been an assistant coach at Mullen, Chatfield, Arvada West, Pomona and Regis Jesuit.

“We enthusiastically welcome Jeff and are excited to have his positive and hard-working attitude leading our students in the classroom and on the field,” Lakewood athletic director Tim Walker, Jr. said in a statement.

Braun spent a lot of time on Dave Logan's highly-successful staff at Mullen, winning state titles there.

He'll replace Mark Robinson, who had been at Lakewood for 16 years before taking the head job at Highlands Ranch in early March.

Lakewood is coming off a 3-7 season, though that record is deceiving. The Tigers had three losses of seven points or fewer, including a 45-43 defeat to eventual state runner-up Fairview.

They will have to find a new quarterback with senior Casey Nichols graduating, though leading rusher Sean Pinson, an all-around threat, was a junior last season. Defensively, Lakewood's top four tacklers will be back.

Lakewood went 5-5 in 2012, and was 12-2 during a run to the 5A title game in 2011.

Braun also assists with Lakewood's track program. He will teach PE at the school in 2014-15.

We're tracking of football's offseason coaching changes here.