Chaparral names Jeff Ketron its new football coach

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Chaparral has hired Jeff Ketron to be its new football coach, athletic director Rob Johnson said on Tuesday.

Ketron previously was the coach at Douglas County from 1999-2013, and was also an assistant at Overland under the legendary Tony Manfredi. He takes over at Chaparral for Rod Dobbs, who stepped down last month.

"He is all about making relationships and helping young men grow up into gentleman of honor and respect," Johnson said in a statement. "Our football program, school, and community have landed a superstar and we're excited to get him in front of our athletes.

"The first thing he mentioned once he accepted the job was, 'When can I get in front of the kids?'"

In his time as coach, Ketron led Douglas County to prominence, as the Huskies won the Class 5A title in 2005, advanced to the semifinals in 2006, and finished as runner-up in 2007. When he took over the Huskies in 1999, the team was 1-9 the previous season.

Ketron was named the Denver Broncos high school football coach of the year in 2005.

Chaparral went 7-4 last season in Class 5A.

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