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Brad Pyatt to Arvada West, Jaron Cohen to Ponderosa in Colorado prep football hires

Brad Pyatt with the Colts in a game in Denver in 2003.

Arvada West hired former standout player Brad Pyatt and Ponderosa pulled Jaron Cohen away from Hinkley in a pair of Colorado high school coaching moves Thursday.

Pyatt is just the seventh coach at A-West since its inception in Jefferson County in 1963. He takes over a Wildcats team that went 7-13 in two seasons under former coach Greg Whisler, who stepped down. Casey Coons was coach for the West Jeffco team for 10 years before that, going 74-41. And Brian McGregor coached there for 26 years, winning a state title in 1972.

The big thing is that he is an Arvada West grad,  Robert Bishop, the schools principal, said of Pyatt. And we are looking for somebody with a good strong community connection to come in and inspire and bring back the notoriety and prominence with A-West.

A Denver Post All-Colorado receiver on Arvada Wests 1997 state championship team, Pyatt also is a former NFL player for the Indianapolis Colts after playing in college at Kentucky and Northern Colorado. And he is the CEO of MusclePharm, a Denver-based supplement company.

Cohen helped lead Hinkley last season to a playoff berth with a 5-4 record before falling to Columbine 57-27. But he helped turn around a Thunderbirds team that was 22-68 over nine seasons before his arrival. Cohen also coached at Liberty in Colorado Springs.

I truly enjoyed my time at Hinkley, Cohen told the Aurora Sentinel. I had to make a decision that was right for my family and Ponderosa will allow me to

balance in my life between teaching, coaching and being a husband and father to two young boys.

Ponderosa last season went 6-4 under longtime coach Jamie Woodruff, who coached the Mustangs from 1993-2006, then returned in 2012. Woodruff retired after last season.

Also on Thursday, John Vogt resigned as head coach at Chaparral, but he will remain as strength coach.

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