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Fowler has big shoes to fill

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Evergreen’s new boys soccer coach is taking over for Peter Jeans

By Michael Hicks

Ross Fowler has plenty of soccer coaching experience from his time with the Colorado Rush and Altitude FC, where he has been the director of coaching for both. Now the Manchester, England native has his first head coaching position at the high school level.

Earlier this summer, Fowler was named the head coach for Evergreen High School’s boys soccer program, replacing Peter Jeans, who resigned for personal reasons.

“It’s a good program. It’s an exciting opportunity to try to build on,” Fowler said.

Fowler has some mighty big shoes to fill. In five seasons with the Cougars, Jeans went 71-15-7, including 36-3-3 in league play. Evergreen was undefeated in 36 consecutive conference games en route to three straight 4A Jeffco League titles from 2010-12.

Jeans coached the team to five straight 4A state tournament appearances, including four straight to the quarterfinals or further. EHS reached the state finals in 2011, falling to Mullen 1-0. Last season, the Cougars got to the semifinals before falling to Cheyenne Mountain 1-0. The team to beat Evergreen in the playoffs the past three seasons has gone on to win the state championship.

Family reasons played a major factor in Jeans’ decision. With three children, ranging from fourth grade to 12th, and all attending a different school, it was logistically not a fit to continue coaching.

“I was picturing how this was going to happen and how I was going to make this work in the afternoon,” Jeans said.

Fowler doesn’t envision any major changes to the way Evergreen plays, which includes a ball-control dominating attack. He intends to continue building a strong work ethic within the program.

“It’s more of a case of building on the foundation that Peter laid down. The goal is to win a state championship for the school. I think we have a realistic chance of doing that in the next few years,” Fowler said.

Fowler brings a new, yet familiar, face to the sideline when Evergreen opens the 2014 season at home against Air Academy on Aug. 28. Fowler served as an assistant coach under Jeans last season for both the boys and girls program.

Jeans, who said that he will be available as a part-time assistant to Fowler, will continue as Evergreen High’s girls coach. The Lady Cougars were 11-5-2 in 2014 and reached the 4A state quarterfinals.

“He certainly remains a strong presence in the program. He’s an excellent resource for me and for the program,” Fowler said.

Contact Michael Hicks at sports@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 15.