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Coal Ridge loses volleyball, wrestling coaches

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent file

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado ” The only volleyball coach Coal Ridge High School’s ever known is hanging up the clipboard. For now, anyway.

Denise Greene, who’s been with the program since the school opened back in 2005, saw her resignation become official at a Garfield School District Re-2 board meeting last month. She’ll keep her positions as director and coach with Defiance Volleyball Club, a program separate from the high school.

Greene is headed back to the classroom, where she’ll be teaching fourth grade at Kathryn Senor Elementary in New Castle.

“I’ve been pretty spoiled staying at home and doing the coach thing,” said Greene, who used to teach at Glenwood Springs Middle School before motherhood took her away from the classroom. “Now I’ll be working full time. I’ll still work with the club program. That’s two nights a week.”

Greene, whose two children are 6 and 8 years old, originally applied for a teaching position at Coal Ridge High School.

“I was hoping to teach and coach there,” she said.

When she found out she didn’t get the job, she decided to vacate her coaching post.

And it was a post Greene did plenty with, building the program into a Western Slope volleyball powerhouse from scratch. The Titan spikers went 38-11 the past two seasons, capping the 2008 season with a 3A Western Slope League title and a regional appearance.

“I’m hoping whoever takes it over keeps it going,” Greene said. “It’s a good group of kids. I think it’ll turn out well for them.”

Greene didn’t rule out a future return to coaching. For now, though, she’ll focus on teaching and her two young ones, Cassandra and Jackson.

“My kids are 8 and 6,” Greene said. “They’re at an age where they’re starting to do a lot of stuff.”

While she’ll enjoy the extra time spent with her own kids, Greene will definitely miss her now former players.

“There are definitely a lot of good kids,” she said. “That’s one of the hardest things about stepping away. … Hopefully some of them choose to play club volleyball.”

Grumley out as Titans’ wrestling coach

Wanting to spend more time charting his daughter’s high school swimming career, Rob Grumley is leaving his position as Coal Ridge’s wrestling coach.

“To be honest, the biggest thing is my daughter,” he said. “She’s going to be a freshman at Glenwood this year. She’s a swimmer and that’s the same season as wrestling. Her meets are on weekends, so I wanted to be able to travel to her meets.”

Assistant coach Mike Mikalakis will take over for Grumley, who saw a number of Titan wrestlers make the state tournament in his four years at Coal Ridge. Grumley’s son, Keenan, was among that group of state qualifiers and recently graduated.

The elder Grumley is a staple of the Western Slope wrestling community, having coached at Basalt and Glenwood Springs before taking the Coal Ridge gig in 2005.

He’s not thrilled about calling it quits, but he absolutely doesn’t want to miss out on the thrill of following his daughter’s sports ventures.

“It was definitely a good experience,” Grumley said. “You know, on one side I’d really love to be able to keep working on that project. I just think, as short as high school athletic careers are, that I’d hate to miss any of my daughter’s stuff.”

That said, Grumley will still help out with the wrestling program whenever time permits.

“I’ll miss it,” he said, “but I’ll still be involved in some capacity.”

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