Chatfield community rallies after coach's cabin burns down

9NEWS at 5 p.m. 9/10/16.

SOUTH PARK - The Chatfield Senior High community is rallying around one of its own.

On Monday, assistant football coach Don McGatlin's cabin in South Park, Colo. burned to the ground. Not only did the home provide countless memories for him, it had served Colorado high school football teams for decades.

The cabin was featured in the 9NEWS Summer Grind series this past August. For the past 11 years, McGatlin and his son, Bret (who is now the head coach of the Chargers), have brought their incoming freshmen football teams to the property for a week of drills, bonding and traditions. 

McGatlin purchased the 238 acres more than two decades ago. It look him more than 10 years to build the cabin. 

"I think [my dad] just had a dream of building a cabin, having horses and playing football," Bret told 9NEWS this past summer.

According to family, the cabin was not insured. They have set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising enough money so McGatlin can rebuild his house. On the site, they said, "Coach Mac is a very prideful man, and would never ask for anyone's help. We want to do this for him because he has done so much for all of us, and has touched so many of our lives."

They went on to say the money will go toward funding supplies, services and labor.

If you would like to contribute to the page, click here or visit

You can learn more about Coach McGatlin and the cabin in Part I and Part II of the 9NEWS Chatfield Summer Grinds.

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