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Coal Ridge fills its vacant positions

The roster of head coaches for athletic teams at Coal Ridge High School is starting to fill up.The Re-2 school board approved seven coaches on Tuesday night representing six sports Coal Ridge will field next fall. Coal Ridge High School administration had previously recommended the coaches to the board.Three of the new school’s head coaches coached at area high schools in 2004-05.Heading that list is New Castle resident Denise Greene, who coached Glenwood Springs High School to consecutive Class 4A state volleyball tournament appearances. Greene will coach a little closer to home next season at Coal Ridge. The school board also approved Dara Elakeiv as a volleyball assistant coach.Rob Grumley, who also lives in New Castle, is the Titans’ head wrestling coach. Last year, Grumley was an assistant at Glenwood Springs. He was the head coach at Basalt High School for six years before the 2004-05 season.”I think its a great opportunity,” Grumley said. “I like the feel about the whole thing.”The move to the new school also allows Grumley to coach his son, Keenan, who will be an incoming freshman.”We’ll have mostly a JV schedule this year,” Grumley said. “It will probably be mostly a freshman team. We might have a couple of kids wrestle at the varsity level, but that’s a tough jump.” Mike Cox is changing schools to become Coal Ridge’s new head boys basketball coach. Cox was a girls varsity assistant coach at Rifle High School the past two years.”This has always been a dream of mine to be a varsity basketball coach,” Cox said. “I’m looking forward to coaching at Coal Ridge because there’s a lot of good athletes in New Castle.”He should know. As the director of the 4 Seasons Basketball program, Cox has coached many New Castle residents who went on to play at Rifle High School on both the boys and girls varsity teams.To get his new team ready, Cox said the Titans will play a schedule of 30-40 games this summer in tournaments in Wyoming and Colorado.Additional coaches tabbed for assignments were Donald Beecraft as Coal Ridge’s head boys and girls cross country and assistant track coach, Ryan Harlow as head baseball coach and Alice Steindler as head cheerleading coach.


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