New football, wrestling coaches for MRHS
Last updated 5/19/2021 at 10:55am
Rob Braaten, longtime coach of both the football and wrestling teams at Mesa Ridge High School, has retired. The wrestling department gave him a surprise retirement party on May 14, presenting him with a gift and thanking him for his years of service. Brett Humphrey, who works as athletic director for Mesa Ridge, informed this paper that Braaten's coaching positions have been filled by two coaches: Jeremi Calip will coach football and Tyler Herbst will coach wrestling.
Herbst gained his degree from CSU-Pueblo and has taught and coached in Widefield School District 3 for nine years. His experience has included nine years as an Assistant Wrestling Coach at Mesa Ridge, along with eight years coaching junior high wrestling, seven years coaching junior high football and two years coaching junior high cross-country and track within the district. In addition to his work at Mesa Ridge, Herbst teaches Computer Science at Grand Mountain High School.
Calip has a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Leadership from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and an MBA from Colorado Technical University Colorado Springs. He served eight years in the Second US Army (Ft. Carson 4th Infantry Division 3rd Brigade), which included two tours in Iraq. He has been a teacher for seven years, and has 13 years of experience coaching football, including five years as Head Football Coach for Vista Ridge High School and one year as Head Football Coach at Mitchell High School. Calip will also teach Business Education classes at Mesa Ridge.