CENTENNIAL | Jarris Krapcha is the man who will follow a tough act with the Eaglecrest boys basketball team and he knows it.
The former Doherty coach became the new leader of the Raptors the school announced on Monday, ending a short search to replace John Olander, who stepped down a few weeks ago after he guided Eaglecrest to the program’s second Class 5A state championship.
Krapcha had a 58-19 record and won two Colorado Springs Metro League titles with the Spartans, who he also led to a 5A Great 8 appearance in 2016. Krapcha has also coached at Mitchell and was at the helm as the program qualified for the 4A postseason in 2014.
“Coach Olander established Eaglecrest Boys Basketball as a premier program in the state and I promise to bring a level of integrity, passion, diligence and appreciation to the program that will allow Eaglecrest Basketball to have continued success both on and off the court,” Krapcha said in a statement from the school.
Just a month after Eaglecrest capped a 24-4 season with the state title with a 53-47 win over George Washington at the Denver Coliseum — fueled by the contributions of seniors Colbey Ross (the two time Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year), Austin Forsberg, Ikenna Ozor, Nate Bokol, Josh Walton and Jamey Rich — the program is under new leadership for the first time in 16 seasons.
Multi-sport star Victor Garnes was a major factor for the Raptors in their championship run — and the team’s third-leading scorer at 8.2 points per game — and is expected to return for his senior season along with fellow juniors Xaiv’ion Jackson, Morgan Brown, Kenny Thrower and Jalen Talbott and some young players who got to witness the title up close.
Krapcha appears to know what to do with talent, as he guided Doherty to a 20-4 mark this season — a year that ended with a second round loss to Arapahoe — which followed up a 22-4 campaign in 2015-16 that came to close with a Great 8 loss to eventual state champion Overland.
Olander weighed in quickly on the hire with a great sign of approval, tweeting that he’s a “big fan” of Krapcha and he would do his best to help him transition.
Eaglecrest athletic director Vince Orlando noted that Krapcha is “exactly the type of coach we were looking for and we are confident he’ll continue the high level of success the Raptor basketball gram is accustomed (to).”
That high level of success is definite, as Olander transformed the Eaglecrest program into one of the state’s annually elite programs. He had a few bumpy years earlier in his career, but but has steadily built success.
The Raptors have made it to the 5A Final Four in four of the past five seasons and brought home the 5A state championship twice in that span. They’ve won 21 games or more in four of those fives seasons as well.
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JARRIS KRAPCHA’S COACHING RECORD AT DOHERTY/MITCHELL
2016-17: Doherty — 20-4 overall (lost to Arapahoe on 2nd round of Class 5A state playoffs); 2015-16: Doherty — 22-4 overall (lost to Overland in Great 8 round of 5A state playoffs); 2014-15: Doherty — 14-11 overall (lost to Mountain Vista in 2nd round of 5A state playoffs); 2013-14: Mitchell — 12-12 overall (lost to Palmer Ridge in 1st round of 4A playoffs)