Central’s Milholland hired as new Cedaredge football coach

Brandon Milholland, new Cedaredge High School football coach.

The career goal of most assistant coaches is to one day become a head coach.

Central High School assistant football coach Brandon Milholland is no exception to that rule.

Monday, Milholland was announced as the new head football coach at Cedaredge High School.

“He’s a classy guy who knows football,” Cedaredge Athletic Director Randy Brown said. “He fits into our puzzle for what we want in the classroom and on the football field.”

This is Milholland’s first head coaching job. The 30-year-old said it was interviewing for another job that really sparked his interest in being a head coach.

“I interviewed for the (Grand) Junction position two years ago, and since I did that, I’ve had the desire to be a head coach,” Milholland said. “That gave me the knowledge that this is something I can do and be good at.”

Although Milholland’s never been in charge of a program, he’s making sure to ask plenty of questions before taking over.

He said he’s already talked to some of his peers at Central about the other responsibilities that come with being a head coach.

“There are a lot of things that go with being a head coach aside from seeing the guys on Friday night,” Milholland said. “I’ve talked to (football coach) Vern (McGee), and (baseball coach) Chuck Yost about things like who to buy equipment from, offseason stuff, how to motivate kids to buy into the offseason programs.”

As far as on the field, Milholland takes over a Cedaredge program that’s had its fair share of struggles lately. Since losing long tenured coach Carl Rice in 2005, Milholland will be the third coach in three years, and since 2007, Cedaredge is 7-22.

“They’ve had some great tradition,” Milholland said. “So I want to get them back to having success.”

Milholland said he doesn’t have any offensive or defense strategy set yet, but is going to see what’s best going to fit the personnel he has. He said the short term goal of the program is to adapt his philosophy to the players.

“Every coach is judged on winning, and these kids won two games last year, so I’d like to win more than that,” Milholland said. “But I also want to be a good role model for these young men, and I try to make part of my philosophy that they’ll be successful after leaving the field.”

An All-Conference and All-State quarterback at Central, Milholland played college football at Mesa State before spending the past seven seasons as an assistant coach for Central. Milholland said he’s looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s good for me to mature and grow and see some other building,” Milholland said. “I’m hoping to have some fun, get after it, and just enjoy the game of football.”


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