Bret McGatlin, Chatfield Senior High Varsity Head Coach, Program General Manager
Hello to the Chatfield Student Body, community, parents, alumni and all of those who cheer on the Burgundy and Silver of Chatfield Football! Welcome to the 2019 Football Season!
I am extremely excited for this season as these young men have had an awesome off-season. As always the off-season is long and can be grueling at times. Through the several months of 6:30am workouts and whetere we endured Coach Kiescnick's Friday 4th quarter workouts or his grueling stair workouts our team found a way to pull together and push forward. This summer we had a lot of success starting with the team of 15 kids that went to compete in the Danny Dietz Memorial Challenge and brought home the trophy for the first time in 4 years. Also for the first time in my career here at Chatfield we won the 7on7 tournament hosted by Dakota Ridge. Last, a congrats to our Rhinos (O and D Line) who competed in the Broncos Linemen Challenge and finished 2nd and were very close to defending their championship from a year ago. This season will bring many challenges. We will have to fill a lot of holes from the 2018 graduating class and we will be playing a much more challenging schedule filled with competitive games every week. I am encouraged by our senior class and the growth they have shown over the past 8 months and am excited to see what these young men can do both on and off the field this season.
As always I need to acknowledge some important people in my life that allow me to pursue my passion for coaching football. First, I would like to thank our Principal, Chad Broer and Athletic Director Craig Aukland. Mr. Broer was my athletic director for 8 years of my career and has always been a huge supporter of my vision and of our football program. He has carried his passion and support into the role of principal at our school and I know under his guidance I show up to work everyday ready excited to be a Charger. Mr. Aukland was an assistant in our football program for 10 years and we shared an office for the same amount of time. We constantly bounced ideas off each other and he has always been a great friend and supporter. I also need to thank and acknowledge our coaching staff. I know this will sound crazy but we have 23 coaches on our entire staff and I love every single one of them. These coaches have a passion for what they do and are all completely selfless. These men have become some of my best friends and sacrifice so much for me and the kids to help this program be successful. I must thank my mom and my dad for their unconditional love and for their support for not just me but for all of my brothers. And last but definitely not least is my beautiful wife Tracy and my daughters Ella and Kenzey. There is no way I could do this job without a supportive wife and family. To Tracy; I know I come home late smelling like a locker room every day and yet you still love me. For Ella and Kenzey, thanks for allowing me to be with the boys for a time each day but just know I love our dance parties just as much. Thanks again for supporting us and lets make the 2019 season a season to remember! #chargerpride
Mike “Gordo” Gordon - Offensive Line
I'm beyond excited to be starting my 12th year as a coach here at CSH. I graduated from Green Mountain High School in 1998 after winning a state title & earning individual honors as an offensive lineman. After graduation I spent a number of years running a family business before changing my path drastically, selling that business & becoming a coach & teacher, a job I loved for 10 years, but I have just recently begun a new adventure. I have been a real estate investor for a number of years but have recently added developer & broker to my list of real estate pursuits. Football & working with young people are amongst my life's great passions. I genuinely love my students and players & have developed quite a few life long friendships with them. Off the field & outside the classroom I love to read, work out & further develop my skills in one of my other passions as a professional photographer. But more than anything I love every minute I get to spend with my beautiful wife Terra and our little girl Sofia. I owe Terra a great debt of gratitude for so graciously allowing me to dedicate so much time away from home to my passion for this game and these young people.
With love & gratitude,
Michael "Gordo" Gordon
Don McGatlin - Running Backs
Coach McGatlin has a long and distinguished history as a football coach and is the father and Chief Inspiration to Chatfield’s Head Coach, Bret. Coach "Mac" was a 2-time State Championship Coach for Football and 3-time State Champion for Track at Green Mountain High School before leaving his ranch in Lakewood to “retire” in a more sprawling ranch in Rush, Colorado. Coach Mac also hosts the CSH Freshmen each year for a life-changing retreat "Coyote" camp.
Dan Shaffer - Varsity Assistant
This is my 13th year coaching football here at Chatfield. I have coached in all 3 phases in the past, but am excited to be involved on the offensive side of the ball this year. I graduated from Green Mountain High School in 2000, where I was fortunate to win a State Championship playing for long-time legendary coach Don McGatlin (check the sidelines for the guy in the cowboy hat). I was also honored to be selected as a team captain and play fullback for Fisher Deberry at the United States Air Force Academy from 2000-2004 where I earned my BS in Management. Since graduating I've worked with nuclear missiles in the Air Force, spent 6 years at Lockheed Martin, spent 2.5 years as a consultant, and currently work for an IT Security firm located downtown. The coaches listed above and others before them had a profound impact on my life and helping me develop into who I am today. This the reason I coach. I firmly believe that the lessons learned while playing football can help our young men develop into the husband, fathers, and leaders our country needs in the future. Other than football, my beautiful wife Tara and two young daughters are my biggest passions in life. As coach Deberry would say...Faith, Family, and Football. These are the priorities I seek to live my life by. Lastly, football season is a lot of hard work for the coaches and players, and we can't get where we want to go without your positive support. Thanks for being there to provide that for us. Looking forward to a great season. Go Chargers!
Westin Kieschnick - Varsity Assistant
I coach defensive line and work to implement the team's strength and conditioning program. This year marks my 6th year with the football team. I am passionate about sport and its potential to positively impact the lives of young people. My passion for youth development extends well beyond the football field and into the classroom. I worked as either a teacher or school leader for 14 years prior to transitioning to my current role as Senior Fellow for one of the nation’s largest publishing firms. My most important roles are as husband to my wife Molly and father to our two children Everett and Charlotte. The love and support of my wife allows me to coach and mentor young men so that in some small way I can give back to a community I love. Be on the lookout for my kids on game nights. Everett will be the one running around looking for someone to tackle. Charlotte is the one running from Everett. They are my world, so if you see them…please send them back to their mother. She’s loud and probably wearing a button with my face on it. You can’t miss her. Go Chargers!
Scott Baliko - Varsity Assistant
This will be my fourth year coaching with the Chatfield Freshman Football team. My first three years have been very fun and enjoyable getting to know and watching these young boys develop into young men. I grew up in Michigan playing many sports. I was part of the 1991 2B Farmington Hills Harrison State Championship Team. After high school I lived in Maine and was a commercial fisherman where I met my wife, Sue. After the fishing industry started to fall apart. My wife and I moved back to Michigan where I was a commissioning engineer in the Auto Industry traveling the world overseeing the installation of many different auto plants. After my daughter Sierra was born in 2001 my wife and I chose to make a change and move to Colorado where I still worked in the automation industry. In 2011 I was diagnosed with MS and unfortunately I was forced into an early retirement. I want to thank Bret McGatlin and his staff for allowing my family and I to be part of this great program. Thanks to my wife Sue and daughter Sierra for understanding the long hours it takes to help make this program be successful. Go Chargers...
Jim Stover - Varsity Co-Defensive Coordinator, Linebackers
This will be my 10th year coaching High School Football (6th at Chatfield). I coach the Linebackers and I am also the Co-Defensive Coordinator. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family; Lisa and Maisie as well as my two dogs.
Damon Thomas - Varsity Wide Receivers
This is the 2nd year at Chatfield for Coach Damon Thomas, again working with the Varsity Wide Receivers (aka... Roadrunners). This year marks his 25th year of coaching football at both the youth and high school levels. Before joining Chatfield in 2019, his prior 7 years were as the head coach of a South Jeffco team competing in the highest division levels in both JMFA and AYL from 2nd to 8th grade, going 69-7 with 6 Championships and 4 Honor and Integrity Awards voted on by opposing coaches and officials.
Coach Thomas is a 1987 graduate of Bear Creek High School where he earned conference recognition as a cornerback and wide receiver. He has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado and is President of CTL|Thompson Materials Engineers, Inc. where he’s worked for the past 31 years. While extremely competitive on the field for team success, his primary focus is to pour into the lives of the young men he coaches and support them as they navigate the struggles and challenges of high school and ultimately into their adult lives beyond. He maintains many relationships with former players that are all part of ‘his’ family. He thanks his beautiful and loving wife Carrie of 29 years and his 3 children Kyle (Coach T... Varsity Linebackers), Tori and Cade for supporting him in his coaching passion. Go Chargers!!!
Coach Lucas Gunkel - Varsity Defensive Backs
This is my first year coaching at Chatfield. I played football, basketball, and lacrosse at Chatfield and graduated in 2015 and headed to Denison University in Ohio to play football and study to become a Physical Education teacher. Programs changed at DU and so I transferred to Colorado Mesa University in 2017 after playing two football seasons in Ohio. Grand Junction High School is where I began my football coaching career. While coaching at GJHS in 2018 I was asked to go to Germany and coach American football in the German Football League (GFL) for the Rostock Griffins. I happily took on that adventure! While coaching, I was also able to play corner in the GFL which was a great experience. It is such a circle to come back and coach football and boys lacrosse at Chatfield this year. I look forward to working with the players and coaches. Currently I am completing my student teaching in PE at Ute Meadows Elementary and Dunstan Middle School and will start the job hunt in January. I am enthusiastic and passionate about working with the Chargers this season!
JUNIOR VARSITY STAFF
Charlie Gilbert, JV Head Coach
This is Coach Gilbert’s 6th year coaching football at Chatfield high school. He looks forward to teaching the kids how to become winners on & off the field. His passion for football started as a youth & still continues today. He played football for Bear Creek high school where he received all conference honors. Before coaching at Chatfield, he coached at the youth level & was fortunate enough to be part of many championship teams. His son Brayden Gilbert, whom he’s most proud of graduated from Chatfield and is now attending Mesa University. When Coach Gilbert is not working as a self-employed roofing contractor he enjoys working out, skiing and scuba diving. GO CHARGERS!!!!
Jeremy Heil, Defensive Backs Varsity and JV
This is my 1st year with the Chatfield football program, primarily focusing on the defensive backs. I have been coaching youth in football, basketball, baseball, and softball with South Jeffco sports for the last 10 years. I was born and raised in Greeley Colorado where I attended UNC (Go Bears!!). In college, I met my fabulous wife, Tamara, and have been married for 17 wonderful years. We have 2 children. Our son, Jaxon, plays football and lacrosse at Mullen High School. Our daughter, Jayden, is currently in middle school at Deer Creek and plays DA Soccer for Colorado Rush. I am so thankful that my wife and family pick up the slack at home, allowing me to coach and be a part of these young men’s lives. I am excited to see the great things these players are going to do now and in the future. Go Chargers!!!!
Andrei Gisetti, JV Linebacker Assistant Coach
This is my 9th season as a football coach here at Chatfield. I graduated from Terryville High School (go Kangaroos!) in Terryville, CT in 1992 after spending two years at St. Joseph's High School in Trumbull, CT (Go Cadets!). I played football at St. Joe's and in Terryville I was a thrower on the track team (they did not have football sadly). I attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and played Rugby on the college team and also our All-Conference team for three years as a I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. I went to New York University for my Master's in Higher Education Administration. I love coaching and watching your players grow into awesome young adults. When not at Chatfield I am often spending time with my wife Jacque (whom I can never thank enough) and our two daughters, Kylee and Ellie, and our two dogs Yoda and Leia.
Kyle Elmore, Head Freshmen Coach
This is my fourth year at Chatfield High School, second year as head freshmen coach. I teach Physical Education and Health at Chatfield as well. I am originally from Chatham, Illinois and played quarterback at Culver-Stockton College in Missouri. I am beyond thrilled to be doing what I love and to have the opportunity to be involved in such a wonderful community. I am very fortunate to have had such amazing and inspirational support from my family, friends, teammates, teachers, and coaches along the way and I am extremely passionate about passing that support and encouragement on to our students, athletes, and the Charger community.
Michael Freeman-Freshmen Assisstant Coach
Coach Freeman is a Chatfield Senior High School alumni, former captain and quarterback. He went on to play college football at Occidental College in California before transferring to CU Boulder. As a Buff, Coach Freeman was a member of the 1989 and 1990 teams. The 1990 team was AP National Champion. After college, Coach Freeman returned to Chatfield as a varsity coach with head coach Bob Beaty and then head coach Keith Mead. In his ten years coaching at Chatfield, Coach Freeman was the defensive backs/ receivers coach as well as the defensive coordinator in his later years. After a twenty five year career in Jefferson County as a teacher, coach, principal, and community superintendent, Coach Freeman is back to his first love- COACHING.
Bios coming soon for...
Ben Mack-Freshmen Assistant
Keith Mead - Freshmen Assistant
Coach Owen - Freshmen Assistant