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Broncos High School Coach of the Week: Tom Doherty, Grandview


There are few better ways for a head coach to make his debut for a program than what Tom Doherty and his Grandview Wolves did in their season opening win on Thursday, Aug. 26.

That is a big reason why Doherty was selected as this week's Denver Broncos High School Coach of the Week.

Doherty led his then-ranked 5A No. 9 Grandview team to a thrilling 30-29 last-second victory over 5A No. 7 ranked Pomona. The winning touchdown was scored with just 10 seconds left on the clock on a successful QB sneak from the one-yard line.

The Wolves are now ranked sixth at the 5A ranks ahead of this week's matchup with Mountain Vista, who also comes in with a 1-0 record.

The Broncos High School Coach of the Week is selected in partnership with CHSAA and the Denver Broncos.

Tom Doherty bio

Years as Grandview head coach (record): First Year (1-0)

Previous coaching experience: Eaglecrest head coach, Cherry Creek defensive coordinator, Smoky Hill defensive coordinator, Mullen defensive coordinator, Pomona assistant coach

Quotes from Tom Doherty

Why do you coach?

Doherty: I student taught in the social studies department at Pomona HS in 1996 and since I played college football, I figured I should try coaching too. I was hooked immediately. I love the relationships with the kids and the coaches, I love the strategy involved and the competition on Friday night is awesome.

Why do you coach the way that you coach?

Doherty: It's the only way I know how. You have to be yourself.

What do you think it's like to be coached by you?

Doherty: I know it has evolved over the last 25 years. I think my players know I care about them and that I love the game of football.

What was it like coaching Grandview for the first time after spending so much time opposing them?

Doherty: It was a bit surreal at the beginning but it now just seems right. I'm a Grandview Wolf.

What was going through your mind on that final touchdown to win the game?

Doherty: This is why we lift all summer… we have to move the pile. We called a timeout and our QB, Liam Szarka, said 'let me run it in, we got this'…so we ran a QB sneak and the boys found a way.

What are you taking away from week one that can help you throughout the rest of the season?

Doherty: I was proud of the determination and toughness our team showed. We talked all week about hanging in there throughout the game and preserving, and we did just that.

What can a win like this do for your program going forward this season?

Doherty: We shall see… all I know is we found a way to win a close game against a great team.

Story Written By: Dan Whitaker/

Photo Credit: Lisa Swanson

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