Mike Holmes addresses the Rangeview football team after its Foundation Game win over rival Gateway on Aug. 20, 2021. Holmes has stepped down after guiding the Raiders to a 6-10 record between the spring and fall football seasons. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

AURORA | Mike Holmes coached two seasons with the Rangeview football team in less than a calendar year and now the program is again in need of a head coach.

As first reported by Rangeview’s school paper, the Raider Review (story), Holmes has chosen to leave the job to spend more time with his family, including an 8-year-old son.

Holmes got the job with Rangeview in late December of 2020 when he came over just five weeks after finishing a stint as an assistant at Vista Ridge High School in Colorado Springs (story) and was able to coach the Raiders just a few months later as they were among the 50-plus teams that chose to play in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With a lot of assistant coaches sticking around to help the short turnaround, Rangeview finished 3-3 in the spring season and qualified for the eight-team Class 5A playoffs, where it lost to Vista PEAK in the first round. Holmes guided the Raiders to a 3-7 record in the recently completed fall season, including a 2-3 mark in the developmental 5A Metro 2 league.

Holmes is the third coach of an Aurora program to leave his post thus far after the 2021 regular season, following Shawn Marsh at Eaglecrest (story) and coming before Joe Johnson, who stepped down at Cherokee Trail.

Rangeview athletic director Shawn Palmer said discussions have been had with members of the coaching staff about the head job, but that it is now posted on the Aurora Public Schools website for outside candidates (find job link, here).

The Raiders were 8-22 in three seasons under previous coach Brandon Alconcel, who came on to replace Justin Hoffman when he moved to South Carolina after the 2016 season. Hoffman got the job prior to the 2015 season in place of Dave Gonzales, who had a successful 68-54 run over 12 seasons before he was dismissed after a 7-3 2014 season.

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports

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