Nederland made history with the hiring of Beth Buglione, believed to be the first head female football coach in state history, according to assistant commissioner Bert Borgmann.
"She was flat out the best person for the job," Nederland principal Carrie Yantzer said. "I think we had close to 40 applicants for this position and she really just stood out with how she carried herself, how she grew the game and how she pushes it forward."
Buglione takes over for Aaron Jones, the school's coach for the past 11 seasons. She met her new team on Thursday.
"Anytime a new football coach is hired, because of the visibility of the sport, the person has been hired because of their accomplishments," said CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blandford-Green. "The added benefit, in this specific case, is we now have our first female football head coach in Colorado, and that sends a powerful message to girls and women who may have thought that those positions were gender specific."
Buglione takes over a Nederland football team that went 5-3 in 8-man in the 2016 season.
"Coach B stood out because of her passion for the game of football," Yantzer said. "Also, her experience and her enthusiasm for coaching."
Buglione was previously a GM, president, head coach and player for the Corvallis Pride in the Independent Women's Football League.
The team last played in 2009.
"We went through a committee," Yantzer said. "The committee was made of parents, football players, assistant coaches, teachers and admins. After that first round, the top three candidates got pushed forward to me and the district athletic director.
"We screened the top three candidates and she really just had the total package."
Added Blandford-Green: "We wish her the best in the pursuit of her coaching dream."