Matt Heckel

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Matt Heckel

Assistant Principal -- Athletic Director
Students: Le - Re

Email: [email protected]

Voicemail: (303) 982-1956

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I am proud to say that I have spent my entire education and career in Jefferson County Public Schools.  Growing up just a few miles down the road, I attended Bear Creek High School.  Due to my love of learning, I went into the education profession to become a teacher and a coach.  Prior to Dakota Ridge, I taught at Jefferson High School, Arvada Middle School, and Carmody Middle School.  In addition to teaching, I coached football at Alameda and women’s soccer at Jefferson High School.  When Dakota Ridge High School opened in 1996, I was fortunate to be able to come to this wonderful school as a football coach for its inaugural season.  During the following years, I not only coached football but coached women’s basketball and also was an English teacher until 2005 when I had the opportunity to move into Administration. Dakota Ridge pride runs throughout my family!  My wife works in one of our feeder schools and I am a proud father of two Dakota Ridge graduates! Recently I am a grandfather and working on building him to be a future Dakota Ridge Eagle.


As Athletic Director, I feel for our school to be successful, our coaches and athletes need the continued positive support of our entire student body, staff, parents, and Dakota Ridge community.  As you go to the games and competitions this year, your attendance, enthusiasm and positive demonstration of sportsmanship will be key ingredients that will fuel the success of our athletes and programs!

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Education & Credentials

  • CMAA (Certified Master Athletic Administrator, NIAAA 
  • Colorado Athletic Directors Assn. President
  • MA, University of Phoenix
  • BA, Metropolitan State College
  • CDE Professional Teacher License: 
    • English Education Endorsement
    • Administration Endorsement


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