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RON WOITALEWICZ (WOJ) – HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

Coach Woj is beginning his 24th season at Dakota Ridge and his 19th  as the Head Varsity Coach.  Coach Woj has a record of 118-79 as the Head Coach at Dakota Ridge. He was lucky enough to win his 100th game defeating Lincoln in 2015.  During his tenure, he has led the Eagles to the State Playoffs 10 times with a record of 8-9 and three appearances in the State Semi finals (2004, 2008, and 2010) and leading the Eagles to their only appearance in the State Championship game in 2004 losing to Thunder Ridge.  Prior to becoming the Head Coach in 2001, Coach Woj helped open the school and start the football program at Dakota Ridge in 1996.  The first five seasons he was the Offensive Coordinator before taking over in 2001.  He has been selected the Male Coach of the Year at Dakota Ridge in 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2013. Coach Woj was 1 of 25 National Winners out of 1,700 to win the Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal Coach Award in 2013.  He was honored at a ceremony at Stanford University in April of 2013. In 2014, Woj was selected as the Denver Broncos Coach of Week honoree after week 10.  In 2015 and 2018, Woj was named the Plains League Coach of the Year while leading the Eagles to a League Championship. Coach Woj attended Northglenn High School and received a BA degree in Physical Education from the University of Northern Colorado.  He also has a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Phoenix.  He currently teaches Physical Education at Dakota Ridge and has also taught American History, American Government, and Geography at Dakota Ridge.  Prior to coming to help start the football program at Dakota Ridge, Coach Woj was the Running Back coach at Northglenn High School where he was a member of the coaching staff who helped Northglenn win the State Championship in 1984.  He has also been the Head Coach at Alameda High School and the Offensive Coordinator at Arvada High School, Pomona High School and at Dakota Ridge the first 5 years.  He is married to Lisa and they have four beautiful daughters:  Erika, Sarah, Jessie and Kayla.  They also have 3 Son-In-Laws:  Mark, Derek, Keeler.  Woj and Lisa also are the proud grandparents to 8 grandchildren Dillon (20), Brayden (13), Dominic (9), and Emberly (8), Tabor (5 1/2), Logan (5 1/2) and Cassius (5), Elliott (7 months).  Coach Woj believes this team has the ability to carry on the great tradition of Dakota Ridge Football and make a run at a league championship and state title.

JEREMIAH BEHRENDSEN – OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR/ASSISTANT HEAD COACH

Jeremiah Behrendsen is beginning his 16th season at Dakota Ridge and 10th as the Offensive Coordinator/Quarterback Coach.  Coach Behrendsen also serves as the Assistant Head Coach.  Over the last 8 seasons Coach Behrendsen has led some very explosive offenses.  He coaches a no huddle hurry up spread offensive attack that gives opposing defenses fits defending.  Jeremiah was selected as the Jeffco Male Assistant Coach of the year in 2014.  This award was given out of all the Jeffco high school athletic programs.  Coach Behrendsen began his coaching career at Dakota Ridge in 2004 as the Offensive Coordinator for the freshman team while he was doing his student teaching at Dakota Ridge.  During the 2005 season he was promoted to Running Back Coach and Head JV Coach.  Jeremiah led the Eagles JV to a school best ever 10-0 record in 2006.  Coach Behrendsen graduated from Akron High School where he earned All State Honors as a quarterback for the Rams. Coach Behrendsen is also a very active member for the Dakota Ridge Sports Association serving as a baseball director.  He received a BS in Math from the University of Northern Colorado and has a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix.  He currently teaches math at Dakota Ridge.  He is married to the lovely Shannon and they have two sons Kellen (11) and Kasen (6).

MATT OSTERHAUS – OFFENSIVE LINE

Matt Osterhaus is beginning his 16th season as the Offensive Line Coach at Dakota Ridge.  Coach Osterhaus is a graduate of Dakota Ridge and is a former First Team All Conference Lineman during his time as an Eagle.  Coach Osterhaus was a three- year starter for the Eagles and is considered one of the best linemen to ever play at Dakota Ridge.  He has coached many All State and All Conference lineman during his tenure. He coached Wyoming freshman All American Keegan Cryder in high school. He played college football at Adams State College.  Coach Osterhaus is currently works as an Engagement officer for the district trying to help students get on track in school.  His is married to Amber and they have four kids Kaidyn (15 )who is currently a sophomore at Dakota Ridge, Kailyn (13) and Peyton (5) and John Henry (3).

CHRIS FLYNT – WIDE RECEIVERS

Chris Flynt is beginning his 8th season as the Wide Receiver coach for the Eagles.  Coach Flynt is also in charge of all video technology and running the football hudl account.  He was a big part of Derek Vander Velde becoming an All Colorado receiver in 2010.  Chris graduated from Dakota Ridge in 1998.  He attended Metro State College and is currently a firefighter for Denver Fire Department.  He is the brother-in-law of Jeremiah Behrendsen.  Chris is married to Jenna and they have a son Landry (6).


PAUL SHEEHY – DEFENSIVE LINE/SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR

Paul Sheehy is beginning his 4th season as Defensive Line Coach and Special Teams Coordinator for the Eagles.  Paul is a longtime youth coach in the South Jeffco area and is well respected in the community.   During that time, he also served the community as a volunteer president of South Jeffco Sports Association for 3 years, served as an advisor to several youth football organizations, and was part of the Colorado Youth Sports Concussion Special Interest Group which spearheaded and drafted the Jake Snakenberg Act, Colorado’s Youth Sports Concussion Law.   He is an attorney admitted to practice in Colorado and California, and founder and President of ProStar Sports Agency, which represents NFL players along with NFL and NCAA coaches.  Paul has been certified by the NFL Players Association since 1988, and is one of a very small and elite group of NFL agents who have 29 years or more of NFL experience. Paul has negotiated hundreds of NFL Player Contracts, and has handled dozens of NFL injury settlements, grievances, and NFL fine appeals, and handles any legal or contractual issue which arise throughout an NFL client's career.

Prior to earning his law degree (Juris Doctorate), Paul earned an MBA degree, and he has attended the prestigious Harvard Negotiating Institute at Harvard Law School. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business teaching a sports law/contracts class for nearly a decade, has served as an expert witness on behalf of players and coaches in various litigation proceedings, has appeared numerous times on television and radio offering insight on NFL topics, and has published numerous articles relating to the business and economics of professional football.   He played 4 years of college football at division 2 Springfield College in Massachusetts.     

Paul and his wife, Sheila have 2 sons, Jeremy and Sean.  The family resides in Littleton.

TIERRE DURAN – DEFENSIVE BACKS/JV HEAD COACH

Tierre Duran begins his 17th season as the varsity Defensive Back coach at Dakota Ridge and will also serve as the Head Coach for the JV team this season.  Coach Duran has turned his secondary unit into one of the best in the state and this year should be no different. Last season Coach T has 3 members of the secondary named All Conference.  Tierre was an All State football and baseball player at Pueblo Centennial High School and attended the Colorado School of Mines before transferring and receiving a BS in Math from the University of Northern Colorado.  Coach Duran teaches math at Dakota Ridge and he is married to Lindsey.

JIM JULIANA - ASSISTANT TO HEAD COACH 

JIM JULIANA – ASSISTANT TO HEAD COACH

 Coach Jim Juliana and his wife Betsy have been married for 47 years. Coach Jules grew up in Washington, DC and Betsy in Philadelphia; they met as young teenagers in Ocean, City, NJ. The Juliana's have one son and three daughters; two daughters are school teachers. Jim and Betsy have resided in Littleton for 43 years, and have three grandchildren living in FT. Collins whom they cherish.

Coach Juliana has a master's degree in Educational Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. For 28 years, he taught in both private and public schools, primarily at the high school level, while serving as an administrator for three years. Coach spent two years at the Colorado School of Mines as an instructor and football coach. Jim played football collegiately at the University of New Hampshire and baseball at George Washington University in DC. Jim has coached four varsity sports in high school, including football, baseball, wrestling and soccer. He has coached football 35 years, including 13 years as a head coach.

One of Coach Juliana's favorite position players while at Mines was Tierre Duran, the currenDakota Ridge math teacher and football coach. Jim says, "I love T as if he was my own son.

JARED SCHULZ – RUNNING BACKS

Jared Schulz is beginning his 14th season at Dakota Ridge and his second season as the Running Backs Coach for the Eagles. This past season Coach Schulz was responsible for helping Jered Garcia to an All State and league MVP honors for the Eagles. Prior to joining the varsity staff this fall Jared was an assistant coach for the freshman in 2005 and then accepted the challenge of getting the freshman football players ready to compete at the varsity level in 2006.  In 2008 Jared led the freshman to a 9-1 record.  Jared graduated from Highlands Ranch High School and received a BS in math from University of Colorado Boulder.  He also has a Master’s degree in Curriculum and instruction from Colorado Christian University.  Jared teaches math at Dakota Ridge and is the Department Manager for the math department.  Jared is married to Aspin and they have three children Carth (10), Kabe (9), and Syla (5).

ERIC NEYEN – LINEBACKERS

Eric Neyen is beginning his 12th season at Dakota Ridge and his fifth as the Linebackers coach for Dakota Ridge.  Coach Neyen was the freshman defensive coordinator for 7 years before moving to the varsity level.  Prior to coming to Dakota Ridge Coach Neyen coached football, baseball and wrestling at Sheridan Middle School.  Eric teaches Math at Summit Ridge Middle School.  He graduated with BA in business from Oklahoma State University and has Master’s degrees from both Colorado University and University of Phoenix.  Eric is married to Traci and they have two kids:  Connor and Kirsten both Dakota Ridge graduates.

MARK LEON – ASSISTANT LINEBACKERS

Mark Leon is beginning his 6th season at Dakota Ridge and his First as assistant quarterbacks coach.    Mark is a graduate of Dakota Ridge where he was a manager and inspirational leader while an Eagle.  Mark brings a fire and attitude to the Dakota Ridge staff and the players really respond well to his attention to detail.  Mark has Down- Syndrome and is an inspiration to all the members of the Dakota Ridge Football family.  Mark was awarded the Jeffco My Hero Award in the spring of 2014 and received a $5,000 scholarship to attend Red Rocks College.  

GORDON STANT – OFFENSIVE LINE

Gordon Stant will begin his 4th season as Offensive Line coach.   Coach Stant is considered the best offensive lineman to play at Dakota Ridge.  He was a First Team All-State player and All-Colorado his senior year at Dakota Ridge.  He graduated in 2004.  Coach Stant played college football at Northern Colorado.  He currently is working as an electrician.   He is married to Sara and they have 2 sons Parker and Owen.

JOHN OFFERDAHL – DEFENSIVE BACKS/SPECIAL TEAMS

 John Offerdahl (Doc) will begin his 3rd year as a varsity Defensive Backs coach at Dakota Ridge.  He will be helping long term Defensive Backs coach Tierre Duran, who is also the head coach of the JV team.  He will also be an assistant to Coach Sheehy with Special Teams. Prior to coming to Dakota Ridge, coach Offerdahl was coaching at the youth level as his sons have become active in Football.  Coach Offerdahl is originally from the Seattle area where he played football, basketball, baseball and coached football.  He received his B.S. from the University of Washington in Cellular and Molecular Biochemistry and did research in Pharmacology.  He then attended Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.  He has been practicing dentistry in Lakewood and Littleton for the past 37 years.  He is married to the beautiful Cristee Offerdahl M.D., who is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist.  They have three wonderful children, Jordan (19), Charlie (junior at Dakota Ridge), and Jack(12), who are involved in Soccer, Football, and Lacrosse.  The Offerdahl's are thankful to be part of the Dakota Ridge community.

NICK MAY – OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Nick May will be beginning his first season as the Outside Linebackers coach for the Eagles.  Nick was the Head Freshman coach last season and Coach Woj made the move to bring Coach May up to the varsity ranks for this season.  Nick grew up in Littleton, went to Mullen High School (graduated in 2008) was a three year lettermen in football. Playing on the Defensive Line (DT/DE).  During his 3 varsity seasons he played in 2 state championships (unfortunately lost both) and three state semi-finals.

Coach May had a few small college offers but decided to go to Colorado State University instead to focus on academics. He graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors in Microbiology and is currently working at the University of Colorado School of Medicine as a Research Assistant, researching various viruses that cause human disease.

PAUL LUNA - HEAD FRESHMAN  

Paul Luna will be returning to his role as the Head Freshman Coach at Dakota Ridge.  Paul took last year off to help with his father and he is now excited to be back heading the freshman program.  This will be Coach Luna’s 5th year as part of the Dakota Ridge program.  Coach Luna teaches American History and Economics at Dakota Ridge.  He is such a valuable asset to the freshman program by being in the building.  Coach Luna is married to Lynette and they have 3 children:  Mason, Carter and Brooke.

NICK GULTIG- ASSISTANT FRESHMAN

 Nick Gultig is beginning his first season as an assistant coach on the freshman team for the Eagles.  Nick will be the Defensive Coordinator and will help coaching the wide receivers and defensive backs as well.  Nick is a former All Conference player at safety for the Eagles.  He was voted the team Defensive MVP his senior year.  Nick is currently studying to become an elementary school teacher.  Nick’s youngest brother, Ben, will be the quarterback for the Eagles varsity his fall.

AUSTIN GAYLORD - ASSISTANT FRESHMAN

Austin Gaylord will be returning to coach the Eagles Freshman Offensive Line this fall.  This will be Austin’s second term coaching the freshman and he is excited about his return.  Austin is a former Eagle Offensive Lineman and his experience and knowledge of the offense and his attention to detail at the position will be a huge benefit to the freshman lineman.  

SAM HELLER - ASSISTANT FRESHMAN

Sam Heller is beginning his first season as an assistant coach on the Eagle freshman team.  Sam is a Financial Advisor when he is not coaching football.  He has four years of experience as a full time personal trainer which will benefit the Eagles in the weight room as well.  He played high school football and track and is currently enrolled in the Masters program at CSU finishing his economics degree.  He is married to Zoe (who is a graduate of Dakota Ridge).

MIKE ANDERSON - ASSISTANT FRESHMAN

Mike Anderson is beginning his first season as an assistant freshman coach for the Eagles.  Mike will be working with special teams, quarterbacks and defensive backs.  Mike is a graduate of Dakota Ridge and was a standout wide receiver and punter while playing in high school.  Mike is an Entrepreneur and has owned his own business.  He is currently a student at Metro State studying Sports Management. 




 

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