Football: Vista PEAK hires John Sullivan as new head football coach

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Vista PEAK has hired John Sullivan as its new head football coach the school announced on Jan. 21, 2015. Sullivan spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Bison and the previous 13 with Rangeview. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Vista PEAK has hired John Sullivan as its new head football coach the school announced on Jan. 21, 2015. Sullivan spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Bison and the previous 13 with Rangeview. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Staying in the program, Vista PEAK has hired former assistant John Sullivan as its new head football coach.

On Wednesday, athletic director Michael Hughes announced the hiring of Sullivan, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant with the Bison under former coach Pat Rock, as well as the previous 13 seasons working on the staff at Rangeview.

“We are so excited to have John take the reins of our football program. His understanding of the Vista PEAK community and his plan for the future are in line with the ideals of our athletics and activities programs,” Hughes said in a statement.

“John’s ability to articulate the vision he had for the Bison football program was the difference. He not only has a great plan for in-season and off-season football activities, but his understanding of what our kids need to be successful in all facets of their life rang clear to everyone on our committee. His plan to build the VP program was systematic and so thorough.  He has everything you could ask for in a head coach.”

Rock amassed a 12-18 record in three varsity seasons with Vista PEAK, including 4-6 in 2014.

Hughes, who already made some big hires for his basketball program in former Grandview boys basketball coach Gary Childress — who has the Bison off to a 10-4 start — and former Cherokee Trail girls basketball coach Jim Bartok, was pleased to add another coach with strong local ties to the fold in his first season as athletic director.

“Not only does John have a wealth of football coaching experience, he has led other sports programs and understands at a core level how to reach and impact kids of a variety of learning styles,” Hughes said. “His ties to the Aurora community go back 15 years in APS and his understanding of our kids is also a major strength for John.

“Our goals here are to build a football program that from top to bottom is built on excellence.  I know that the personal character traits that John will bring to the head football position are predicated on the same core principles. We are so blessed and thankful to have John taking on this role.

Sullivan also served as head girls basketball coach at Rangeview and assistant with the boys basketball team under Shawn Palmer.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel