Mike Schmidt steps down as football coach at Platte Canyon; Lance Gunkel to take over

Jefferson Platte Canyon football

(Lance Wendt/LanceWendt.com)

Mike Schmidt, among the state's most respected and successful coaches, is stepping down as the football coach at Platte Canyon, he said on Friday.

The school has named defensive coordinator Lance Gunkel its new coach.

Schmidt, who has been the coach at Platte Canyon for 19 seasons, is also the superintendent of Platte Canyon School District.

Schmidt built Platte Canyon into one of 1A's most consistent programs. The Huskies have won at least six games in each season since 2012, and since 2005, the program is 113-38.

He was twice named a Denver Broncos coach of the week, in 2005 and in 2016. He started his career as an assistant in California, moved to Ohio, and then settled at Platte Canyon.

Schmidt also served on CHSAA's Board of Directors from 2012-16.

Gunkel has been a longtime member of Schmidt's staff.

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