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Krupanszky steps down; Parmley expresses interest

FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School athletic department has seen it many times – parenthood getting in the way of coaching.

The latest example is Charlie Krupanszky, the only varsity girls soccer coach the Tigers have ever had. After seeing the program through its first four years, Krupanszky has resigned.

The father of two (a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old) is looking forward to spending more time at home. Athletic director Gretchen Nies understands.

“He’s in a situation where he has two young children at home, and he wants to be a part of their lives,” she said.

In his final season, Krupanszky led a young team to a 1-11-1 overall record (1-7-1 in their first year in the Class 4A Jeffco League). Krupanszky said it was one of his most rewarding seasons in terms of teaching the game and keeping his often overmatched team interested and competitive through the entire season. During the season, however, he began to realize he didn’t have the time he once did.

“With a few weeks left in the season, I first started thinking about (resigning),” Krupanszky said. “I was already aware I was burning the candle at both ends.”

The Tigers also lost second-year junior varsity coach Jennifer Carlson, who is leaving the county.

Fortunately for Summit, it has a qualified candidate ready to replace Krupanszky. Third-year assistant coach Dirk Parmley, also a long-time assistant with the Summit boys team, has expressed interest in the job. Nies will open the position to outside applicants but recognizes that Parmley is the logical choice.

Krupanszky has endorsed him wholeheartedly.

“Without a doubt, he’d be a good candidate,” Krupanszky said. “He’s well respected by the girls, and he has the energy to move forward.

“We’ve been very collaborative coaches,” Krupanszky added. “Most of our decisions were agreed on.”

Parmley is the director of coaching for the High Country Soccer Association and, despite recently becoming a father himself, is in a position to orchestrate year-round playing and training. The Tigers graduate just one senior and have a large junior class returning and a promising influx of freshmen.

“For the program to be competitive, we need some of the kids to commit to second season’s worth of soccer,” Krupanszky said. “This may be the time. I think the opportunity is there to do better.”

Meanwhile, Krupanszky, a teacher at Summit High, plans to return a bit to playing the game. He played for Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and for a brief stint as a professional. But he’ll miss coaching.

“I loved it,” he said. “What was most satisfying was facilitating the girls’ getting out of it what I’ve gotten out of it. Sports are fantastic. I think we underestimate what they bring to learning life values.”

Jason Starr can be reached at (970) 668-3998 Ext. 231 or at

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