Glenwood’s Mike Wilde retires from coaching
Mike Wilde has blown his last whistle.
The veteran coach, who’s been a part of the Glenwood Springs High School athletic program for 27 years, has retired from coaching.
For the last eight years, Wilde directed the Demons’ varsity baseball program.
In that span, Wilde’s teams won two regular-season pennants, two district titles, and advanced to the regional playoffs twice.
Prior to the start of the `95 season Wilde had taken over the varsity baseball team from another Glenwood coaching legend, Gary Bird.
That season, Wilde piloted the Demons to the Class 3A state playoffs by winning the district tournament.
However, academic ineligibilities left the Demons shy of pitchers as the regional tournament began.
Which resulted in a quick exit. In the regional tournament, the Demons were halted by Burlington.
Moving up to the 4A level the following year, The Demons were a contender in the Western Slope League throughout the `90s.
In those seasons, the Demons fell short to Moffat County or to Rifle.
But by the start of the new century, matters brightened for the coach and the baseball team.
In 2000, Glenwood was ranked last entering the district tournament, and still won.
A poor finish in the regular season forced the Demons into a pigtail game with Steamboat to enter the district tournament.
Glenwood powered their way past the Sailors, 19-4, and continued to build up momentum.
Delta fell just as easily, setting up a duel with Rifle for the District 9 crown. The Demons wrapped up their unheralded run with a 15-8 drubbing over the Bears.
The win earned Wilde’s Demons a trip to the 4A regional tourney. In the semis, they fell to ThunderRidge.
Last year, Wilde skippered Glenwood to their first outright WSL pennant as a 4A school, but were thwarted by Rifle in the district championship game.
Going into the 2002 season, Wilde had to rebuild.
Hit hard by graduation, it took time for the Demons to gain confidence. Wilde, however, had Glenwood in position to contend at the middle of the season.
The Demons finished with a 7-12 record and a 6-6 mark in the WSL.
Previously, Wilde was an assistant coach for the varsity football team.
But, retirement doesn’t mean that Wilde will fade away from Demon sports scene totally.
He’ll still be on hand in his role as public address announcer for Glenwood’s girls volleyball, football and basketball games.
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