Poudre Football is grateful to our amazing coaching staff for the time, effort and love they pour into our football players. You make a life changing impact on our players lives.
Marty McVicker is entering his 4th season as Poudre High School’s Head Football Coach, and is only the sixth head coach in Poudre football history. Marty brings 28 years of Poudre High School coaching experience to the team. Originally from Central Iowa, Coach McVicker came to Fort Collins in 1983. After graduating from CSU in 1987 he joined Coach Rich Yonker’s staff as a volunteer.
In 1999 Marty and wife Lisa welcomed triplets Dylan, Brooks, and Ryan. Eighteen months later the McVicker’s welcomed Zack. Three years away from Poudre Football was enough for Coach McVicker, so he returned for his second coaching stint under Rich Yonker as the running backs coach. After Coach Yonker retired, he became the Offensive Coordinator and running backs coach under Steve Bradley. Under Dan Reardon, Marty served as the Assistant Head Coach and receivers coach. Since leaving teaching in 1999, Marty has owned his own construction business for the past 16 years.
Rich Yonker is currently the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator. He returned to Poudre High School in 2013 after retiring from Poudre School District in 2008 and then serving four years as Head Coach and Athletic Director at Resurrection Christian School before retiring from RCS in 2012 .
This is Rich’s 37th season at Poudre and 41st season coaching high school football. He served as the Impala’s Head Coach for 22 years, compiling a win-loss record of 139-103 and earning nine Conference championships. With his return to Poudre he has now served as an assistant to every Head Coach in Poudre’s history. Rich and his wife Caroline have two sons, Carl, and Joesph, both graduates of Poudre.
Michael Fontenot is a Houston, Texas native who attended Louisiana State University and played football for the Tigers while earning his teaching degree. He moved to Fort Collins to earn his masters degree in sports administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
Michael has been on the Poudre coaching staff since 2005 and currently serves as the Varsity Receiver coach. He has served in that past as the JV Head Coach, JV Offensive Coordinator, and JV Defensive Coordinator. Michael is also a math teacher at Poudre and has been in that role since 2008, after a two year teaching stint at Boltz Junior High. Michael and his wife, Taylor, have two amazing boys named Kepler (2014) and Crew (2016).
George Osborne has returned to coaching the offensive line after retiring from 35 years as a teacher, coach, and Principal at PHS. Coach Osborne came to Poudre in 1979 after a year at Fairview High School in Boulder where he coached offensive line for the 1978 State Championship Team. He attended the University of Colorado where he lettered three years as an offensive lineman and played on the 1976 team that played in the 1977 Orange Bowl and won the Big 8. At Poudre he has coached the throws with the track team, and served as line coach until becoming Principal in 2009. A native Coloradoan, he hails from Salida. He and his wife Marie are proud parents of two children-Erik, who lives in Chicago with his wife Chelsey, and Annie, who with her husband Pat, currently live is St. Louis.
John Knight is beginning his 30th year at Poudre High school. During his time at PHS, he has been involved in the football program for 25 of those years. He is a native of New Mexico where he earned a degree in Chemistry from Eastern New Mexico University. He is the varsity defensive line coach as well as the special team’s coordinator. In addition to football, Coach Knight has been involved with Baseball and Swimming. He teaches Chemistry, Earth System Science, and IB HL Chemistry at Poudre. Coach Knight is married to Kim and they have two children, Casey and Callie who are proud graduates of Poudre High School.
Will Cantwell is entering his ninth year as a member of the Poudre coaching staff. Will currently serves as the Varsity Quarterback coach. He has served in the past as the C-Team Receiver Coach, C-Team Offensive Coordinator, and JV Offensive Coordinator. Will was a standout quarterback at Lakewood High School where he was a four-year starter and four-time all-conference selection from 2001-2004. He has earned a bachelors degree in Political Science, and a masters degree in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University. Will is also a social studies teacher at Poudre High School and has been in that role since 2012. In the spring he serves as the head boys lacrosse coach at Thompson Valley High School. Will and his wife Meagan have an amazing daughter named Addison.
Pat Dougherty is in his fourth season with the Impala staff. Originally from Wichita, Kansas, he attended Mt. Carmel High School. Upon graduation in 1987, he attended Coffeyville Community College and Kansas State University where he was a member of the football team. He coached at both Wichita Northwest and Mt. Carmel High Schools before moving to Fort Collins. He coached three seasons at Blevins Middle School and two at Fossil Ridge High School before coming to Poudre. He and his wife Pamela have four children Alexandria, Colton, Samantha, and Timothy.
Carter Janicki, a Poudre High School alumnus, returns after obtaining a physical education teaching degree at Colorado Mesa University. Carter played both football and baseball for Poudre from 2005-2009. He went on to play defensive back for three years at Colorado Mesa. Carter assists Rich Yonker coaching junior varsity and varsity defensive backs.
Dan Pinkston is entering his 4th year coaching the Impalas. He took over as the C Team head coach in 2017 and also serves as the offensive coordinator. He serves as the General Manager at Walrus Ice Cream and has recently earned a Financial Planning degree from Colorado State University. Dan also played football and baseball for Poudre from 2010-2013.
Dave Long has been a member of Poudre’s staff in a variety of capacities for nine seasons and currently serves as the C-team Defensive Coordinator. He teaches business and marketing at Poudre.
Sam Carlson is in his 2nd season coaching with the Impalas after graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in Sociology. Sam was a two year starter for the Rams and was named honorable mention All Conference his senior season. He signed a rookie contract with the Tennessee Titans and then the Denver Broncos before returning to Fort Collins to help coach the offensive line for the Impalas.
Jesse Haas is in his first year as a coach with the Impalas. He currently serves as the teams assistant running backs coach. He played football at Colorado State, and was a two sport athlete at Poudre High School, completing in Football and Track. Coach Haas earned second team all conference honors in football for the Impalas.
Alan Flores is entering his 1st season with the Poudre Impalas football team where he will assist with the JV offensive line. Coach Flores was a 3 sport athlete and a 4 year starter for football at Greeley Central. In addition to football, Coach Flores also coaches girls basketball at Poudre. He loves to coach and build relationships with all the athletes.
He attended Colorado State University where he obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Coach Flores is a school counselor at Poudre and is entering his 4th year in education. He is married to his beautiful wife Johanna and they have a beautiful 2 year old daughter named Zoe.
Austin is in his first year as a coach with the Impalas. He also was a former football player for the Impalas and is enjoying being back coaching. Austin is also a coach with the Impalas.
Emory is also in his second year as a coach with the Impalas. He was also a former football player for the Impalas. Emory also is helping coach the Impala wrestling team.
Matt Erdman is in his third season of coaching at Poudre High School. He played high school football in Western Nebraska and college at Boise State University (linebacker). Matt moved to Fort Collins in 2007, and is responsible for the strength program at Poudre. He and his wife Tara have three boys, Wyatt (6), Mason (4), and Ryder (2). Matt serves as a City of Fort Collins police officer in addition to his coaching duties at Poudre.