Wasinger named Broncos Coach of the Week

MONTE VISTA — Monte Vista High School head football coach Manny Wasinger earned another accolade on Wednesday, Oct. 19, as he was named the Denver Broncos High School Football Coach of the Week.

The announcement was posted on the CHSAANow.com website.

Wasinger heaped the praise for winning the award upon his players.

“It’s a reflection on having coached a bunch of great kids,” Wasinger said prior to a 62-19 win over Center on Oct. 21. “They focus week by week and take care of the opponent in front of them. We got a good win last Friday night and those things are the result of the effort.”

It was also a milestone win for Wasinger as he earned his 250th career victory. He has a career record of 250-113, which includes 190 wins and 78 wins while at Alamosa High School, and he has 60 wins and 35 losses at Monte Vista.

“It was a good milestone, but it’s not something that was really on my radar,” Wasinger said. “It just kind of happened. This team included I’ve been blessed to coach a lot of great kids for a long time. They all have a lot of input in that. Also, a lot of great assistant coaches that have put me in a position to be successful. I just reap the rewards of their hard work.”

The Pirates have had a great season in 2022 as they are undefeated in eight games.

“We’re trying to play one game at a time,” Wasinger said. “We know we can get better every Monday when we come back and work on mistakes. When you watch the film, you realize that you’re not as good as what the score reflects. So, there’s always room for improvement.”

Center is coached by one of Wasinger’s former players in Rodney Mondragon, who is one of several of his former athletes who have entered the coaching ranks.

“Henry Castillo up at Del Norte is a former player of mine,” Wasinger said. “Rodney of course coached last year in an interim position. Luis Corona out at Sierra Grande is doing a great job and he’s one of my former players at Alamosa. They’re around, but we don’t cross paths all the time, but it’s always fun to go against them.”

Monte Vista (8-0) will close out the regular season at home against Centauri (6-2) on Oct. 28 in what will decide the Southern Peaks League championship. Both teams are 4-0 in league play.

Wasinger did not speculate on what will happen in the postseason.

“We know those things take care of themselves with RPI and MaxPreps,” Wasinger said. “Our job is to focus on getting a win this week and those things will play themselves out. How ever the playoffs play out, we’ll play who they tell us to play.”

This is the second time Wasinger has been named the Denver Broncos Coach of the Week — in 2014 after his 200th win in Monte Vista. He was the Coach of the Year in 2001 after Alamosa won the state championship.

The Denver Broncos Coach of the Week also runs in his family as his son, Lane, won the same honors in 2017 at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown.

Kickoff for Monte Vista’s game against Centauri is 6 p.m. on Friday at Harvey Sullivan Field.

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