SHS football, track coach Royer resigning |

SHS football, track coach Royer resigning

Devon O'Neil
Summit Daily file photo/Reid Williams

FARMER’S KORNER – In what he called “the easiest decision I’ve ever made, but also the hardest,” Summit High School football and track head coach Rob Royer will resign his posts at SHS at the end of this school year and is moving to Texas.Royer has spent the past three years as head coach of the Tigers football program, and the past two as co-head coach of the SHS track and field team. He has worked at the high school for four years, teaching science when not coaching.Prior to his head-coaching appointments, he spent his first fall as defensive coordinator for the football team and his first two springs as an assistant coach with the track team.”I didn’t think I was ever going to leave,” Royer said.That all changed when he got engaged over spring break to a woman who is the dean of students and a history professor at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas.Royer, a Colorado boy from the start who caught the eye on the SHS sidelines because he wore shorts even on frigid game nights, grew up in Colorado Springs and attended Rampart High School. He said telling his football team of his decision on Tuesday was “the hardest thing I’ve ever done. It was an emotional talk.”He informed his track team on Wednesday.Royer said he doesn’t know what he’ll do in the football-crazy state of Texas yet, but that coaching and teaching are “definitely a possibility.”The football team struggled at times during Royer’s tenure, largely due to low numbers, but enjoyed its most successful season in years last fall. The Tigers went 5-5 in their first season as an independent. They seceded from the 3A Metro League the previous year because they were unable to remain consistently competitive against the larger Front Range schools.As for potential replacements, one obvious candidate, three-year defensive coordinator Curtis Davis, is out. He is leaving the school district to pursue college coaching opportunities. That leaves linebackers and running backs coach Jim Smith as the longest-tenured assistant. He has coached the Tigers for three years.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at

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