Roger Walters stepping down at Colorado Mesa |

Roger Walters stepping down at Colorado Mesa

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kelley Cox

Rifle’s Roger Walters stepped down as women’s basketball head coach at Colorado Mesa University on Friday, and he may soon be coaching again in his hometown.

The veteran coach, who previously held boys hoops head coaching gigs at both Rifle and Roaring Fork high schools, is leaving the Grand Junction university after three seasons. He compiled a 38-42 overall record, guiding the Mavericks to back-to-back Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason tournaments.

A CMU press release states that Walters is leaving to “pursue other interests that allow him to be closer to home and family.” The coach had been commuting from his home in Rifle to Grand Junction. Walters and his wife, Christy, have two daughters.

Glenwood Springs High School graduate Katrina Selsor, who just wrapped her junior campaign with the Mavericks, said players were informed on Friday that Walters was going to pursue a coaching opportunity in Rifle. Rifle High School’s boys and girls basketball head coaching positions are presently vacant.

“He’s definitely going to be missed by each and every one of us,” Selsor said while fighting back tears. “We wish him the best with the coaching job at Rifle.”

Selsor said the news caught players off guard, and that Walters’ qualities as a coach extended beyond the basketball court.

“He cared about his players. He always wanted the best for them,” she said. “He taught us not only to be good basketball players but to have good morals.”

While she’ll miss Walters, Selsor certainly understands the need to be closer to home.

“He always taught us about family first, and that’s definitely what he’s doing right now,” she said. “I couldn’t be more happy for him, other than the fact that we’re going to miss him.”

Walters’ tenure at Rifle High School extended from 1995 to 2002. He compiled a 94-59 record with the Bears. From 2003 to 2008, he steered Roaring Fork to a 115-17 record.

He then turned around a struggling women’s program at CMU.

“Roger’s done an outstanding job in three short years turning the program around and leading the Mavericks in to the upper echelon of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference,” CMU Athletic Director Butch Miller said via the aforementioned press release. “Roger’s presence in and around the women’s program, as well as the university, will be missed.”

Walters did not return calls seeking comment.

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