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Employment History

Head Coach

Lewis-Palmer School District

COAch

Lewis-Palmer School District

Athletic Director and Men's Basketball Coach

Lewis-Palmer School District

Assistant Principal and Athletic Director

Northridge High School

Assistant Principal and Athletic Director

Smoky Hill High School

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Russ McKinstry resigns from ...

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Russ McKinstry resigns from Lewis-Palmer as AD, boys' hoops coach

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Photo - Lewis-Palmer head coach Russ McKinstry talks to his players during the second half of a game in Boulder on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Lewis-Palmer won 70-59 and will play in the state championship. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) Lewis-Palmer head coach Russ McKinstry talks to his players during the second half of a game in Boulder on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Lewis-Palmer won 70-59 and will play in the state championship. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Logging too many miles finally got to Russ McKinstry.
After back-to-back boys' basketball state titles at Lewis-Palmer, the Rangers coach and athletic director is getting to stay closer to home.
Over the weekend, McKinstry accepted the athletic director position at Chaparral High School in Parker, 2 miles from his house. McKinstry has resigned both his athletic director and boys' basketball coaching positions at Lewis-Palmer.
"It (the travel) really is the only reason," McKinstry said. "I absolutely love L-P, and the kids and parents and the administration were just really great to me and my family. But it reached a point where the impact of that commute got to the point I was spreading myself too thin."
McKinstry will not coach next season at Chaparral, who under coach Rob Johnson won the 2011-12 5A state title.
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Lewis-Palmer principal Sandi Brandl said the search for a new AD is underway, but McKinstry will be missed.
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"It was amazing," Brandl said of having McKinstry at the school.
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In his five seasons, McKinstry coached the Rangers to a 114-23 record.
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Bill Benton, McKinstry's top assistant varsity coach, will take over as Lewis-Palmer's new boys' basketball coach.
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Not being around the game will take some getting used to, McKinstry admitted.
"I'm going to miss the day-to-day teachings of the game," he said. "I'm going to miss the relationships with the players and staff, hanging around with those guys in the offseason and locker room after games. That's really what I think coaching is about."
While McKinstry goes out a two-time champ, he credited those titles to Monument.
"It's something I'm proud of based on the effort of the community to make that happen," he said.


Russ ...

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Russ McKinstry Athletic Director & Men's Basketball Coach RMckinstry@lewispalmer.org


Russ McKinstry resigns from ...

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Russ McKinstry resigns from Lewis-Palmer as AD, boys' hoops coach

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Photo - Lewis-Palmer head coach Russ McKinstry talks to his players during the second half of a game in Boulder on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Lewis-Palmer won 70-59 and will play in the state championship. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) Lewis-Palmer head coach Russ McKinstry talks to his players during the second half of a game in Boulder on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Lewis-Palmer won 70-59 and will play in the state championship. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Logging too many miles finally got to Russ McKinstry.
After back-to-back boys' basketball state titles at Lewis-Palmer, the Rangers coach and athletic director is getting to stay closer to home.
Over the weekend, Mc-Kinstry accepted the athletic director position at Chaparral High School in Parker, 2 miles from his house. McKinstry has resigned both his athletic director and boys' basketball coaching positions at Lewis-Palmer.
"It (the travel) really is the only reason," McKinstry said. "I absolutely love L-P, and the kids and parents and the administration were just really great to me and my family. But it reached a point where the impact of that commute got to the point I was spreading myself too thin."
McKinstry will not coach next season at Chaparral, who under coach Rob Johnson won the 2011-12 5A state title.
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Lewis-Palmer principal Sandi Brandl said the search for a new AD is underway, but McKinstry will be missed.
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"It was amazing," Brandl said of having McKinstry at the school.
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In his five seasons, McKinstry coached the Rangers to a 114-23 record.
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Bill Benton, McKinstry's top assistant varsity coach, will take over as Lewis-Palmer's new boys' basketball coach.
...
Not being around the game will take some getting used to, McKinstry admitted.
"I'm going to miss the day-to-day teachings of the game," he said. "I'm going to miss the relationships with the players and staff, hanging around with those guys in the offseason and locker room after games. That's really what I think coaching is about."
While McKinstry goes out a two-time champ, he credited those titles to Monument.
"It's something I'm proud of based on the effort of the community to make that happen," he said.


Ramsey: Russ McKinstry was ...

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Ramsey: Russ McKinstry was calm, cool, but his passion led Lewis-Palmer to top of state hoops

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Photo - Lewis-Palmer head coach Russ McKinstry talks to his players during the second half of a game in Boulder on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Lewis-Palmer won 70-59 and will play in the state championship. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett) Lewis-Palmer head coach Russ McKinstry talks to his players during the second half of a game in Boulder on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Lewis-Palmer won 70-59 and will play in the state championship. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Russ McKinstry has performed for the past two decades as the mellow Zen Master of Colorado high school basketball.
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McKinstry offered concise, calm correction.
On Monday, McKinstry ended his reign as Zen Master when he resigned as Lewis-Palmer's coach. He's departing the sideline to devote himself fully to administrative work as athletic director for Chaparral High School. He wants to spend more time with his wife and his grandson.
It appears his coaching career has ended.
And that's sad.
McKinstry cared, but he placed this caring in context. In an era of stomping, shouting, look-at-me basketball coaches, McKinstry stood out. After departing an L-P game, you talked about dunks and blocks and assists. You never talked about the coach's tantrums.
"The coaches who are in it for the long run, they do it for the relationships that they have with their players," McKinstry said. "That's where I was really blessed. I was blessed to work with great young guys who taught me more than I taught them."
At games, McKinstry was serene, but at practice and pregame talks he could roar.
Before a 2011 state playoff game, McKinstry shouted to the Rangers in the locker room. This was, he announced, "Burn the Bus" night.
"If we lose this game, we are not going back! McKinstry shouted.
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Fortunately, McKinstry and Lewis-Palmer won the game, which meant players never discovered if coach was serious about torching the team bus. Might have been fun to watch.
McKinstry departs after his coaching masterpiece.
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McKinstry kept pushing, kept believing, and his players grew into their coach's faith. The supporting cast grew up, and L-P slipped past Wasson in the state semis before devouring Valor Christian in the final. After the final buzzer against Valor, McKinstry embraced his top assistant and close friend, Bill Benton.
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McKinstry was completely devoted to high school coaching. He's a proud Colorado native who has attended the state tournament for nearly his entire life.
He had a simple goal:
He wanted to rule his home state.
And just before he rode into the sunset, that's exactly what he did.


Russ McKinstry comes to ...

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Russ McKinstry comes to Monarch from the Lewis-Palmer School District in Monument where he was the assistant principal/athletic director as well as the head boys’ basketball coach. Russ also previously served as assistant principal/athletic director at Northridge High School in Greeley and Smoky Hill High School in Aurora. Before his 13 years in administration, Mr. McKinstry was a social studies teacher for 12 years. He also was a head basketball coach for 25 years and won back-to-back state championships in 2012 and 2013 at Lewis-Palmer High School. Russ also has head coaching experience in track and baseball and serving as an assistant coach in several other sports. Russ and his wife Shelley have two sons, Vance and Logan, and just recently relocated from Parker to Broomfield. Mr. McKinstry is super-excited and honored to be at Monarch High School.

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