Todd Casebier has had an enormous amount of success building Montrose into a Class 4A football power. Now, Fruita Monument is hoping the coach can do the same for its program.
Fruita announced it had hired Casebier as its next football coach on Tuesday. In a statement, the school said it was "excited to have a coach of this caliber lead its football program."
Casebier had been at Montrose for 10 seasons, going 86-30. The year prior to his arrival, Montrose went 1-10.
Now, he'll tackle a similar challenge at Fruita Monument, a 5A program which is coming off of a 1-9 season. The Wildcats haven't had a winning season since 2004 — when they went 6-5 — and are 34-66 since 2005.
Fruita will have some pieces back in 2015, including quarterback Sam Schroeder (1,811 yards, 11 total TDs) and wideout Grady Winters (445 yards, four TDs).
But Casebier's Montrose teams have traditionally relied heavily upon the run — for instance, last year, they ran 88 percent of the time and averaged 357.4 yards on the ground per game. So it will be interesting to see how his offense develops at Fruita.
Before coaching at Montrose, Casebier had a successful stint at Palisade (1998-2004), a school from where he graduated in 1985. He was also an assistant at Durango from 1990-97.
Montrose went 10-2 last season and earned the No. 3 seed in 4A. The Indians lost to Broomfield in the quarterfinals.
That followed a 12-2 year in 2013 which included a run to the 4A title game.
Montrose made the playoffs nine times under Casebier, and had six seasons of nine wins or more.
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