St. Mary's volleyball hires former Cheyenne Mountain coach David Barkley

State volleyball tournament Cheyenne Mountain team David Barkley

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David Barkley is checking himself back into the volleyball coaching ranks. The longtime coach at Cheyenne Mountain has been hired as the new coach at St. Mary's.

The school confirmed the news to CHSAANow.com on Tuesday.

Barkley spent 15 years as the coach at Cheyenne Mountain, compiling a 350-58 record. He led the team to six state championships.

He stepped down as the coach of Cheyenne Mountain in January of 2018, but was often seen around Cheyenne Mountain helping with athletic events. Barkley will also join the school as a teacher in the English department.

"He's a teacher first and coach always," St. Mary's athletic director Vincent Nigro said. "We like in-building coaches. It allows us to get to know them and them to know get to know us. Having him in the building will be a tremendous asset to us."

St. Mary's went 15-10 in 2018 under Delia Febres-Butler and fell to Bishop Machebeuf in regionals to end the season. A win over the Buffaloes would have sent the Pirates to the Class 3A state tournament at the Denver Coliseum.