Northfield's football team will begin varsity play next fall. Now, the Nighthawks have their first varsity coach.
The school has hired Ahmad Lowe to lead its program, athletic director Micah Porter said on Friday. Lowe was an assistant for the Nighthawks JV team last season.
"I really enjoyed the kids, more than anything, and just the direction of the entire institution over there at Northfield," Lowe said on Friday. "I just like where they're headed, like where they're going. It just felt like a fit. It felt like it could be home for a lot of years to come."
When he got the call to let him know he'd be Northfield's coach, Lowe said, "It was a dream come true."
A late 1990s graduate of Mullen who once the state track record in the 100 meters, Lowe played at the University of Northern Colorado, and also played in the NFL, according to Porter.
In addition to coaching experience the youth level, Lowe spent a few seasons as the defensive backs coach at Northern Colorado, and also spent one season as an assistant at Mullen under Tom Thenell. Lowe was Northfield's defensive coordinator last season.
"We're excited," Porter said. "He's coached and played at a pretty high level."
Northfield will begin its initial varsity season as a Class 3A program.
"That made it even more attractive to me, that it was a new program," Lowe said. "It wasn't that you have to go to a high school and break through years of tradition. We're setting precedent, we're setting traditions, we're setting the way of doing things over at Northfield."
As far as his expectations for his new team?
"I want everybody that we play to know that they played against Northfield," Lowe said. "That doesn't mean we're going to win every game – I know we're not going to lose every game, either – but for them to know they played against us.
"For me, just building the foundation every year, watching it grow, seeing it go from 60 kids to 80 kids, 80 kids to 100 kids," Lowe continued. "With any program, just setting program norms, just setting things you can count on year-in and year-out moving forward, week-in and week-out, day-in and day-out, just so it starts to feel normal."