Broncos high school football coach of the week: Roosevelt's Lane Wasinger
Present: Lane Wasinger manning the helm for Roosevelt High School. Wasinger's Roughriders are currently 3-1.
JOHNSTOWN— Lane Wasinger grew up the son of a prominent coach, and has absorbed everything he can.
Wasinger, in his first year as the head coach at Roosevelt, is the son of longtime football coach Manny Wasinger, who has won two state titles and more than 200 games in a 34-year coaching career that includes stops at Alamosa, Adams State University, and Monte Vista.
"I kind of always wanted to be like him," Lane Wasinger said. "I wanted to be a coach."
This past spring, he got his first chance to be a head coach when Roosevelt picked him to lead its football program.
Past: Lane Wasinger in his senior year at Alamosa High School as a wide receiver. Alamosa closed their season 4-2 in league play and 9-5 overall that year.
The Roughriders, who play in Class 3A, are off to a 3-1 start this season, including close wins over ranked opponents Longmont and Silver Creek the past two weeks. In Week 4, Roosevelt actually beat Silver Creek on the final play of the game.
This week, it's Roosevelt that's ranked. The Roughriders are No. 7 in 3A.
And this week, Lane Wasinger is the Denver Broncos high school football coach of the week.
It's another way Lane has emulated his did: Manny Wasinger, a member of the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame, was actually named the Broncos' coach of the year in 2002 when he was at Alamosa, and was also a Broncos coach of the week in 2014 while at his current job at Monte Vista.
Like his dad, Lane Wasinger hopes to be in the coaching business for a long while.
"I'm at Roosevelt now until hopefully forever," he said.
The Broncos coach of the week is selected in partnership with the Broncos, CHSCA, and the InSideOut Coaching Initative, which seeks to transform the current win-at-all-costs sports culture.