Coaching carousel spins out of control at local high schools |

Coaching carousel spins out of control at local high schools

It seems as if every offseason yields countless coaching changes in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Perhaps the biggest 2008 change came at Roaring Fork, where boys basketball coach Roger Walters stepped down after five wildly successful seasons in charge of the Rams. During his tenure, Roaring Fork went to state five times and had a 115-16 record.

Walters is now an assistant coach at Grand Valley High School, which also saw an accomplished head coach, Scott Kiburis, hit the road.

Kiburis left for a job at Elizabeth after leading the Cardinals to a state title, three state tourney appearances and a 121-64 overall record in eight seasons.

And those departures were just the tip of the iceberg for Garfield County schools.

In basketball alone, five of the county’s 10 boys and girls basketball programs (at Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Coal Ridge, Grand Valley and Roaring Fork high schools) welcomed new coaches for the 2008-09 season.

In football, 2008 saw three of the county’s five programs turn to new coaches.

Volleyball’s turnover matched that of football.

Those sports were the hardest hit as the Roaring Fork Valley’s cost of living and the time commitment commanded by coaching has taken its toll on the area’s X-and-O junkies.

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