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Cheyenne Mountain’s David Barkley discusses stepping down, the state of Colorado prep volleyball and more

Denver Post preps editor Kyle Newman caught up with Cheyenne Mountain‘s David Barkley, who on Wednesday officially stepped down from his position as the school’s head volleyball coach.

Barkley was 350-58 in 14 years with the Indians while leading them to six Class 4A titles. He also taught for 34 years and, prior to his arrival on Cresta Road, coached at George Washington University and Villanova University.

Q: What prompted you stepping down?

A: When I retired from teaching in 2014, I knew each year I would re-evaluate whether I was going to come back as a coach. So at the end of every season, I waited two, three weeks to get an idea of what I was going to do. This year just felt like the right time to step away, because there’s some really good young talent coming up in our program, and I’m leaving it in a good place. It felt like a good time for a segue.

Q: How important is not only your legacy you’ve left with the program, but the legacy for the program going forward?

A: The greatest compliment I could get for my time as a volleyball coach at Cheyenne Mountian is that somebody can come in and continue the tradition of the program, and the community still sees it as a positive, successful, enjoyable experience. If they can continue to win — like we have, because we went to state every year I was here — they have a lot of experience coming back next year, and that combined with young talent will take the program back to where it was used to being.

Even this past year (with a 10-17 record), which was tough because we only had one returning starter, we kept improving. By the regionals, even with many injuries among other things, we were ready to win that and go to state again.

Q: What does the landscape of Colorado prep volleyball look like now compared to when you took over at Cheyenne Mountain? Have you seen a lot of progression over the last decade and a half?

A: There’s no question it’s changed dramatically. In terms of number of kids who play the game, according to (CHSAA) statistics, volleyball is the number one participation sport in the state outside of football and boys track, and the number one girls sport. With the number of clubs out there, with the how the level of coaching, talent and expectations for training have gone up — it’s unbelievable, because even in the 14 years I’ve been here, it’s been amazing to watch the sport grow like that.

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