Cheney resigns Roaring Fork hoops post
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Work life and coaching life were no longer meshing for Kirk Cheney.While he loved directing the Roaring Fork High School girls basketball program as its head coach, he found himself spread a little thin.So, at the beginning of the 2007-08 season, Cheney informed school administrators that he would be coaching his final season. “It’s tough,” said Cheney, a plumbing contractor. “It puts a real strain on things. … It gets a little tough on the job, when you’re in the middle of a project and you have to pick up and leave at 2 o’clock to get to a 3 o’clock practice.”That said, Cheney shelved his coaching career with a heavy heart.”The end result is that it’s a bad business venture, but it’s very rewarding on a personal level,” he said. “It’s something that you can’t really explain or put into words. “Working with kids, spending time with them and helping them develop into not just basketball players but individuals. It makes you feel good.”
Cheney, a 1979 Roaring Fork graduate, led the Rams to a 13-6 overall record this past season, his fourth at the helm. His teams were a combined 61-27 in those four seasons.Cheney couldn’t have been happier with the senior-laden group he went out with.”I couldn’t have picked a better group of kids to go out with,” Cheney lauded. “I got to know the kids so well and respect and appreciate them so much. We didn’t accomplish all we wanted to, but usually only one team does that. It was good. I’ve been really blessed.”Prior to taking over at Roaring Fork, Cheney spent 19 years as a basketball official and served stints as an assistant coach at both Roaring Fork and Carbondale Middle School.Roaring Fork athletic director Larry Black knows he has some big shoes to fill.”Kirk’s been great for the girls,” he said. “He did a really nice job with them. He devoted an enormous amount of time to the program while working, making a living. He really enjoyed coaching the kids.”Cheney hopes his now former team finds itself in good hands.”I’m hoping they can find someone really dedicated to the program,” he said.
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