Sand Creek hires coach who won state title to lead its struggling football program


David Ramirez, who led Pueblo East to the Class 3A state championship in 2014 then several months later abruptly resigned his coaching and teaching positions at the school, will be taking over Sand Creek's football program, the Sand Creek athletics department announced via Twitter.

Ramirez led the Eagles to an 11-3 record in his final season, including going 4-0 in conference and winning their last eight games on the way to their 3A title.

The Eagles' football program has continued to roll since his departure, repeating as state champions in the fall while going 13-1.

That hasn't been the case for the Scorpions.

Sand Creek went 0-10 last year under Rod Baker, and 2-8 in 2014. In 2013, the Scorpions went 6-4, 4-6 in 2012, Baker's first season in charge.

Knowing the sudden resignation would cause "rumors," Ramirez talked to the Pueblo Chieftain about stepping down in April 2015.

"There's nothing criminal going on. It's nothing like that," Ramirez told the Chieftain. "This is a voluntary thing with me. I've been thinking about it for a while. I've been doing it since I was 24 and I felt it was just time for me to move on."

The Chieftain article pointed out that Ramirez was involved with an alleged incident with an 18-year-old male student at the school that saw the coach/teacher suspended near the end of the 2010-11 school season. That saw Ramirez reprimanded by being withheld from coaching any sports until December of that year.

According to the article, Ramirez also got a deferred sentence on a battery charge and was suspended with pay.

Ramirez told the Chieftain that incident had nothing to do with him stepping away.

The move brings instant credibility on the field for the Scorpions. In talented District 49, Sand Creek has been the one team that has struggled. Falcon was in the semifinals as recently as two seasons ago and Vista Ridge had been building into a regular postseason contender the last couple years.

Sand Creek athletic director Jared Felice did not return a voice mail.

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