Grosh is new Basalt AD |

Grosh is new Basalt AD

Jon MaletzGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

BASALT – A May 26 graduation speech touting the importance of embracing change struck a chord with Basalt football coach and teacher Forrest Grosh.The 31-year-old soon decided to take a leap of his own. After a few weeks worth of deliberation, Grosh recently agreed to become the school’s new athletic director.”There are not many opportunities to go up the ladder in teaching, and this was something I had to take advantage of – I had to take a shot,” Grosh said Tuesday. “This was definitely something that was in the back of mind, I just wasn’t sure when an opportunity like this would arise.”Mike Green informed the school in late May that, after six years at Basalt, he was leaving to accept the athletic director and assistant principal positions at Rifle High School. Green’s departure left two vacancies – athletic director and head men’s basketball coach. Jason Kreiling, the girls junior varsity coach, will oversee the boys basketball team.A few people within the school – and a small number from outside – came forward to express an interest in the athletic director position, Basalt principle Jim Waddick told The Aspen Times on May 25.Although he didn’t initially come forward, the administration targeted Grosh as a potential candidate and contacted him soon after Green’s decision. The football coach emerged as a strong contender from the beginning, Green said Tuesday.”We tried to look at the people we knew who were already in-house and might have some experience and knowledge about the process,” Green said.”I told Forrest this was an opportunity for him to get more involved with the administrative side of athletics. He said it was something he might like to try.”He’s good at mediating, he knows the people and is truly concerned about what kids are doing. Kids are looking for somebody they can trust. Forrest is a good fit.”

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