Gary Allen has been hired as the first baseball coach at Riverdale Ridge.
Allen, who coach at Northglenn from 1998-2008 and Standley Lake from 2009-13, will be tasked with starting the new school's baseball program. Riverdale Ridge, located in Thornton, is set to open this fall.
Allen was 41-54 during his tenure at Standley Lake, steadily improving the Class 5A program to 5-13 his first season to 12-9 in his final year. He also sent 11 of his players to play college baseball.
Allen had a .744 winning percentage at Northglenn, and sent 29 players to college baseball. He was a three-time conference coach of the year for the Norse.
Riverdale Ridge will be 3A in its first two seasons.