Clint Buderus moving from La Junta to Pueblo West as football coach

La Junta football Clint Buderus

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Clint Buderus, whose teams have gone 35-3 over the past three seasons, has taken the job as head football coach at Pueblo West.

Buderus completed his 10th season as football coach at La Junta last fall, a stint that saw La Junta win its first football championship in 58 years in 2016.

Buderus' move was first made public by La Junta on Twitter. Buderus confirmed the move to on Thursday.

"La Junta is a great community with great pride," Buderus said. "I love the community, and all the support they have given us throughout the years. The kids are blue-collar tough kids and it was the toughest decision I have ever had to make. I wish the town, the people and the players the best of luck in the future."

He will replace Monte Pinkerton as the coach at Pueblo West, with Pinkerton transitioning into the role of athletic director.

In 10 seasons as coach, Buderus was 69-38. The Tigers also reached the Class 2A title game last season, falling to Bayfield.

Pueblo West has had its own success under Pinkerton, including a 4A championship in 2007. Last season, the Cyclones finished 11-2 as they advanced to the 4A semifinals.

Pinkerton was coach of the Cyclones for 13 seasons. His teams went 92-53.

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