Vail Valley Character: Ken Reagan
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado “-Teammates and coaches in Colorado’s Vail Valley push athletes to improve, but there is someone much better for the job.
A twin brother.
Daily battles in the backyard certainly kept Ken Reagan playing hard. Now, Reagan is using that competitive edge at Eagle Valley High School in Gypsum. Besides being a full-time physical education and freshman seminar teacher, Reagan keeps busy by coaching three sports. Only in his fourth year at Eagle Valley, Reagan is already the head baseball and girls basketball coach, and an assistant to John Ramunno in football.
The Vail Daily caught up with Reagan to see what sport he likes most and his favorite Ramunno story.
VAIL DAILY: What was it like growing up with a twin brother?
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KEN REAGAN: We’re actually a lot better friends (now). We got along really well when we played sports. Other than that, we got along, but there was some competitiveness there. Playing sports was sweet. That was the most fun part about having a twin. We were able to play one-on-one football outside. Or one-on-one basketball, or home run derby.
VD: So you played football and baseball at Trinity International University?
KR: It’s probably the reason I do three sports at the high school now. I don’t know anything different. When I wasn’t playing football or baseball, I actually did an internship with the girls basketball coach. I played three sports in high school. Then I got to college and did the internship with girls basketball.
VD: What’s the transition like between football and girls basketball? What sport do you like most?
KR: I like them all. There’s something different about each one. Football, I guess, I like a little more. That’s probably due a little bit to our success.
It’s definitely difficult. The differences between the sports is obvious with girls and guys. I like it. It changes the aspect of how you have to coach girls rather than guys. It’s different, which is kind of nice.
VD: What’s your favorite memory at Eagle Valley?
KR: Recent memories, it would definitely be our (girls basketball) playoff game with Kennedy. Obviously, it would be doing pretty well in the first half of the game. The best memory would be beating Palisade in 2005 in football. We beat them like 42-29, or something like that.
VD: What was special about that game with Palisade?
KR: We went 10-2 that year. We lost in the second round of the playoffs to Steamboat in a controversial game. The kids worked so hard. The year prior, Palisade beat us 68-6. They really rubbed it in our face. They kept their starters in the whole time, and just really hammered down on us. That was the last game of the 2004 season. The seniors in 2005, they said that’s not going to happen. They picked it up. That’s the first time Eagle Valley competed at the 4A level.
VD: Any good Ramunno stories?
KR: The game at Steamboat in 2005. We beat them 14-12. Coach Rammuno brought out his heart speech and smashed a real heart against he wall. Then he had to get his head shaved because we made the playoffs. I think it might have been an elk heart. Someone had it saved up and we picked it up on the way to Steamboat. He smashed it on the chalkboard.
The first time he did it, he said he had kids turning pale. In 2005, the kids were all fired up. I think he’s 2-0 with that trick.
Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.