Durango hires a national championship coach to lead boys soccer program

Aaron Champenoy

Durango has hired Aaron Champenoy, a national championship coach at the collegiate level, as its next boys soccer coach.

Demons athletic director Adam Bright confirmed the hire to CHSAANow.com on Wednesday.

Champenoy, who has 14 years of collegiate coaching experience, coached at Hastings College the past two seasons, winning the NAIA national championship in 2016. Prior to that, he spent nine seasons as the coach at St. Thomas, another NAIA program, in Houston. He has also coached at Bellevue, an NAIA school in Nebraska.

In two seasons at Hastings, his teams went 43-3-2, including 24-0-1 during that 2016 national championship season.

Champenoy's career record as a college coach stands at 175-91-19, and he was named conference coach of the year five times.

He also spent time as a coach in the MLS development program, and was a high school coach for four seasons.