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Highlands Ranch

Former Bronco McCaffrey takes over Valor program

New coach's sons have been instrumental in multiple state titles at the school


Ed McCaffrey's bonds to Valor Christian go back a long way, and now the former Denver Broncos wide receiver has been named the new Eagles football coach.

Valor Christian Athletic Director Jamie Heiner announced the hiring of McCaffrey, 49, on Feb. 5, and a day later he was introduced to players and their parents.

McCaffrey inherits a Valor team that was undefeated last year before losing a playoff game to Grandview.

"I can't guarantee we will win a game, but if we don't win a game next year, I probably won't be around very long," McCaffrey said. "But there is a lot of talent here and great coaches. This team expects to be successful because they have had had the coaches and kids to be successful."

No introduction was really needed, as McCaffrey and his family have been familiar faces for nearly a decade around the Valor campus in Highlands Ranch.

Four of McCaffrey's sons have played for Valor. Max, Christian and Dylan are graduates, and his youngest son, Luke, is currently a junior at Valor.

"Ed has been a part of the Valor community for nine years and now we're honored to call him Coach McCaffrey," Heiner said.

McCaffrey replaces Rod Sherman, who resigned in December. Sherman, the school's first athletic director, led the Eagles to state championships in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and he compiled a 57-11 record in his tenure as head coach.

Valor has won seven state titles in three different divisions and a McCaffrey has been part of all the championships, starting with Max (2009-12) and followed by Christian (2010-14) and Dylan (2013-17).

All four brothers were multiple sport athletes and Luke, who is currently playing basketball, is in line to be the starting quarterback next season.

Max is a wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers, Christian plays for the Carolina Panthers and Dylan is a quarterback at the University of Michigan.

Ed McCaffrey, who becomes the third Valor head football coach, played for the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants and has won three Super Bowl rings. He was a radio color analyst for Bronco games but left that position before last season so he could spend more time watching his sons play football.

And now he's ready for the next chapter of his football career.

"I never expected to be in this position," he said Feb. 6. "I was shocked that the position became available. It was something I've always wanted to do. I purposely stayed in the shadows and stayed in the stands. I wanted my sons to have their own high school experience.

"This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. I don't take it for granted. I'm blessed that it became available for me and then they believed in me enough to hire me because there were some really good candidates."


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