Cheyenne Mountain parts ways with football coach Willie Roberts

(Dan Mohrmann/

COLORADO SPRINGS — Cheyenne Mountain has started a full-throttle search for a new football coach. Athletic director Kris Roberts confirmed to on Friday that Willie Roberts will not return to the team in the fall.

The decision was made in early April.

"We just wanted a change in direction," Roberts said. "We needed to re-energize and try and see if a change of pace would reinvigorate and drive numbers up."

Numbers are a large concern at Cheyenne Mountain when it comes to football. In 2014, the Indians had to forfeit the final two games of the season due to low player numbers. In its return season in 2015, Cheyenne Mountain went 2-8, but started the 2016 season 5-1.

They suffered a three-game losing streak before beating Liberty in the season finale, finishing the year 6-4. Now, Roberts is hunting for someone who can build on that momentum.

He hopes to have someone to step in sooner than later.

"Obviously we'd like to move as quickly as we can," he said. "I'm not sure what we have in terms of staffing — a teaching position. That's been a bit of an issue in getting it done and taken care of."

If the Indians can build on the momentum of this past season, they could reach the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

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