Football: Cohen departs Hinkley for Ponderosa

Jaron Cohen
Jaron Cohen led Hinkley to its first Class 5A state football playoff berth in more than a decade in 2013. He has accepted the head job at Ponderosa after one season. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Jaron Cohen led the Hinkley football team to its best season in a long time in 2013.

It turned out to be the only one, as Cohen has accepted the head football position at Ponderosa in Parker, which was announced Thursday.

In his lone season at Hinkley after moving from a stint at Liberty in Colorado Springs, Cohen guided the T-Birds — who were 22-68 in the previous nine years and hadn’t been to the state playoffs in more than a decade — to a 5-4 regular season record and a spot in the postseason. Hinkley competed, but lost 57-27 to powerhouse Columbine.

“I truly enjoyed my time at Hinkley both personally and professionally, both on the football field and in the classroom,” Cohen said in a message. “The administrative and faculty support at Hinkley is outstanding, however, I had to make a decision that was right for my family and Ponderosa will allow me to find balance in my life between teaching, coaching and being a husband and father to two young boys.”

During Cohen’s tenure, Hinkley wide receiver Chance Drake earned a scholarship at Colorado Mesa, while linebacker Max Carbajal signed with Hastings College.

The Hinkley job is now the only vacant one at the moment among Aurora’s 11 high school programs.

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