Athletics director settles in

As a man on the move, newly appointed Moffat County High School Athletics Director Rick Penner has been busy lately.

And things are about to get even busier.

Penner, along with the rest of the MCHS administrative staff, resumed his duties Monday.

"I'm busy," Penner said. "Busy, busy, busy. Today was the first day the administrators were here full on, so there is a lot to be done. We have to get caught up on a variety of different things.

"It's just like going into any new thing."

Athletics schedules need to be ironed out, a meeting with the Colorado High School Activities Association is today in Denver, and Penner is trying to find an assistant coach for the boys soccer team, which begins practice in less than a week.

"I talked to Rusty (MCHS head soccer coach Rusty Cox) and he and I are working on some things," Penner said. "I'm meeting with him this week, and we are going to try to get that thing taken care of and get us another coach."

Penner said the two will meet this evening when he returns from his CHSAA orientation, and he's optimistic a coach will be in place Wednesday.

"The goal always is to make sure we have enough coaches for the number of athletes we have," Penner said. "So, do we have a sense of urgency? Absolutely. In the sense of let's get a coach in there, let's get the right coach in there and let's get the right mix between the coaches.

"We want to get it done."

The CHSAA orientation is for first-year athletics directors, where rules, regulations and athletics procedures are reviewed.

"It's designed to help athletic directors that are either new to a district or new to a spot," Penner said. "It gives us an opportunity to go over some specifics."

Although he's starting fresh, Penner said he's thrilled the time for some action has finally arrived.

"I'm welcoming all the newness that's coming in," he said. "It's going to be a learning year for sure. I'm looking forward to it."

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