Middle School FOOTBALL

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Coach’s Bio - Rickey Maturin

Here’s a little history about myself.  I’m a country boy from a small town in Louisiana where, growing up on a farm, I was taught the importance of doing a job well.  In high school I played football, baseball, basketball and ran track.  After graduating high school, I attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana where I studied law.  In 1987, I came to Colorado on vacation and never went back.  I’m happily married to my lovely wife Kathleen.  We have 7 children, 14 grandchildren, 3 Huskies and an Akita all who keep me on my toes!

My coaching career began in Louisiana coaching baseball and basketball.  While I enjoyed teaching these sports, my heart’s desire was always to coach football.  In 2008 that dream came true when I was given the opportunity to become an assistant coach at BLRA. 

It was an upstart program and I quickly realized that if I was going to help the program be successful, I needed to spend a lot of time learning my new responsibilities and developing my skills.

 In the years that followed, I became the Defensive coordinator then Offensive coordinator at BLRA.  With the opening of BLPA, I transitioned over and became the Defensive coordinator for the middle school team and am currently the Head Coach of the BLPA middle school program.

If I were to describe my coaching style it would be intense, passionate, firm yet fair.  I expect players to treat everyone with courtesy, respect and assist their fellow man.  My goal is to bring out the best student/athlete in each player so that they can be looked up to on and off the field.

The 2019 fall football season will mark my 12th year at Banning and I continue to study, learn and improve my craft for the sake of the players, the school and the game that I love!

Coach’s Bio - Andy Thill

Shortly after graduating from high school, I found that I missed football tremendously. I reached out to a local youth football organization and began my coaching career as a volunteer in 1997 with Kingswood Athletic Association in Omaha, NE. Later, I was selected to a position on the football committee for Millard Athletic Association (now Millard United Sports) in Omaha and served for two years. I moved to Colorado Springs in 2016 and joined the Banning Lewis Preparatory Academy football staff in the fall of 2017. I have coached various positions on both sides of the ball, but I am most excited about coaching offense. My experience is primarily at the middle school level, and I am looking forward to working with the Stallions middle school program in 2018 and beyond. 

Philosophy: I want to encourage and inspire young people to keep pushing their limits to be better in football and in life. I believe that if we do things the right way, day in and day out, that game results will take care of themselves. I understand my role as a mentor, and I firmly believe the relationships we develop are far more important than individual wins and losses. When we look back in 30 years, we probably won’t remember the score of the third game of the season, but hopefully we’ll remember the bonds we formed along the way. 

Personal notes: I work for Lockheed Martin as an engineering manager. I received my B.S. in Business Information Systems from Bellevue University and my M.S. in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University. I am married with two daughters. My wife works at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy, and both of my children attend school at Banning Lewis. I enjoy slow-cooked BBQ and have participated in BBQ competitions in Nebraska and Colorado. I’m a huge college football fan and love spending fall Saturdays watching the Nebraska Cornhuskers with my family!


Coach Rickey Maturin | Middle School Football Coach coach | coach_rickey.maturin@yahoo.com

Coach Andy Thill | Middle School Football Coach

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