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Doherty baseball, girls’ soccer coaches step down

Published: June 11, 2014, 5:50 pm, by Scott Kaniewski

Just a few weeks removed from the end of the spring season, Doherty announced head coaching openings for baseball, girls’ soccer, and girls’  swimming and diving.

After five seasons as the head of the baseball program, Chris Solarek stepped down.

Solarek, who coached the Spartans into the Class 5A district tournament this season, finished with a record of 38-62. The Spartans finished 10-10 this season and 12-11 in 2011. In his other three seasons, Solarek went a combined 16-41. The Spartans reached the state tournament in 2011.

Several three-year lettermen helped lead the team, pushing No. 1 Chatfield to the brink before the Spartans fell in extra innings.

Lalo Porras and Mitch Gemignani, both all-conference first-teamers, will graduate. But a number of underclassmen with experience will be ready to fill in.

“None of the three (new coaches) will have to rebuild,” Doherty athletic director Chris Noll said. “They’ll just have to get the young kids ready to go.”

Solarek is moving to Cocoa Beach, Fla., for work and to be closer to family. 

Eryn Gallagher, also stepping down to be nearer to family in the Denver area, coached the Spartans to a 9-8 record this season and a surprising run to the quarterfinals, knocking off No. 1 Fossil Ridge in the second round of the 5A playoffs.

On top of that, the Spartans have two first-team all-CSML players returning in Alex Lanning and Rianna Lockhart and two second-team all-CSML players returning in Gabbi Chapa and Alii Dominguez.

Gallagher is taking a teaching position at Prairie View.

“Eryn did a remarkable job with that team this year,” Noll said. “We had some tough, tough losses early in the season. With the way she built the program she built that program all about family.”

The Spartans are also looking for a girls’ swimming and diving coach. After six seasons, Nicole Hart stepped down.

“It’s tough to fill a position at any time, doesn’t matter when it is,” Noll said. “I’m confident we’re going to get the right people in place. … all three programs, whoever takes over is taking over good programs.”

Noll said the Spartans are hoping to fill the positions as soon as possible.