Coach surprised by regional recognition

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Swim team coach Ed Stehlin said when it was announced he had been named Coach of the Year for the Western Slope, it took him by complete surprise.

"I've been on the Western Slope 15 or 16 years," Stehlin said. "I don't know if there is specific criteria. I know I look at the teams and where they're at and where they were at the beginning of the season and how they end it. That's how I do it.

"It was a total suprise."

And while the coach may have been surprised, his team indicated that they weren't.

"Ed has put up with a lot," Nichole Vorhies, a senior who will be competing in state said.

As far as his coaching philosophy, Stehlin said he isn't a "big winning-is-everything coach."

"I put family first, academics second and swimming third. If you work on those other things, the swimming will come."

Stehlin started coaching when he was 17 and said he doesn't plan on quitting any time soon.

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