Rampart tabs Troy Ward to take over for Rob Royer as football coach

Rampart Dakota Ridge football

(Lance Wendt/LanceWendt.com)

Rampart athletic director Andy Parks didn't have to look far for his new football coach. Parks announced over the weekend that Troy Ward will take over as the head coach of the Rams.

He takes over for Rob Royer, who stepped down from the position in April.

Ward was an assistant under Royer for the last five years and served as the defensive coordinator for the Rams. He held a similar position at Mitchell High School from 2010-13.

He is a graduate of CSU-Pueblo and works in the Colorado Springs Police Department.

His passion for developing kids into young men was a big reason he appealed to Parks as the right man for the job.

In his letter of interest to Parks, Ward wrote that "I believe we get four years to invest in them and if we do that well, we will see that investment pay off for the next 40 years of their lives."

Parks first announce the hiring to the Rampart community at the program's annual golf fundraiser last weekend.