Glenwood’s Coach Hire leaves after four seasons
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Greg Hire only planned on coaching the Glenwood Springs boys basketball program for a season. That one season somehow grew into four memorable campaigns that the coach wouldn’t trade for anything.
Much to Hire’s chagrin, there won’t be a fifth.
With his coaching schedule conflicting with that of his day job at Berthod Motors, Hire has stepped down as the Demons’ coach.
“The coaching just consumes so much time,” he relayed. “Initially, when I asked work if I could coach, it was for one year. [The school was] having a hard time finding a coach. That one year turned into four years. With what they have coming down the pipe, our management team is going to get stretched here, so it’ll be noticed more when I’m not here.”
Hire will still chart his former team’s efforts on the court as a spectator and as an occasional drop-in at open gyms. He’s invested too much into the program to completely disassociate himself with Glenwood hoops.
“I’m addicted to basketball,” Hire shared. “Anytime I can make it to a game, I’ll try to go.”
That addiction is what drew him to the program in the first place.
“It started out with me going to open gyms and playing with the kids,” Hire said. “When open gyms were done, I asked Kevin Flohr [Sr.], the coach at the time, if he needed any help. The first year, I was a practice player, basically. The second year, I got into it a little more of the coaching stuff, doing drills and that type of thing.”
Before Hire knew it, Flohr stepped aside and the Demons had a hole to fill atop the program. A fateful turn of events followed.
“When Kevin stepped away, they had a hard time getting anyone who wanted to coach,” Hire said. “I told Steve Cable, the AD at the time, that I’d take care of the kids through spring and summer and that he had me as a backup if he couldn’t find anyone.
“At the beginning of the summer, he said, ‘You’re the coach.'”
And coach Hire did, taking the Demons to the playoffs in 2006-07, his first season. Hire would bring the team back to the postseason in each of the next three seasons, winning 4A Western Slope League titles and making the Sweet 16 round of the state playoffs in each of the final two campaigns.
Along the way, Hire formed quite the bond with his team. It’s the friendships he forged with the players that he’ll miss the most.
“It turned out to be a fantastic experience,” Hire said. “The friendships you build with the kids are something you carry with you for the rest of your life. It’s so neat being around the kids. They bring such a different energy to life. It’s kind of fun to have. That’s something I’ll really miss about not coaching, is the kids.”
And, to think, Hire never had any plans to pick up the clipboard.
“I never had any aspirations of being a coach,” Hire admitted. “I just kind of fell into it. It’s been a fantastic experience for me, working with Glenwood Springs-area kids. They’re such great kids.”
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