Roger Walters hired as new boys’ basketball coach at RFHS
CARBONDALE – Roger Walters is returning back to the coaching sidelines this fall wearing a new wardrobe and in a different gym.
When the 2003-04 season starts, the former Rifle High School boys’ basketball coach will be clad in Roaring Fork’s royal blue, rather than Rifle’s navy blue, as the Carbondale school’s new head basketball coach.
Walters replaces Rams coach Mike Fahrenkrug, who resigned at the conclusion of the 2002-03 season after serving as head coach for six years.
Walters returns to active coaching after a year off, when he started working in the insurance business.
As the Bears’ head coach, Walters piloted Rifle to four straight winning seasons in seven years, and was the only coach in school history to steer the boys basketball team to a district title.
In 2001-02, Walters’ final season at Rifle, the Bears concluded the year as the Class 4A Western Slope League regular season champions, with a 17-7 overall record.
Walters was named the 4A WSL “Coach of the Year” twice. His first award came in the 1995-96 season and he repeated the honor in 2001-02.
“Roger was very highly recommended when he applied for the job,” said Roaring Fork athletic director Larry Williams. “Our committee was very impressed with him.”
Williams said that Walters has already met with the team, and has conducted open gym teaching sessions with them.
In one of the coach’s early meetings, returning letterman Tommy Joiner said of Walters, “He seems to be a focused guy and looks like the guy to take us further down the road.”
Joiner’s younger brother, A.J., a sophomore-to-be, said Walters “has got the attitude to win.”
“He’s increased our summer schedule to four tournaments, and I think it’s going to pay off. We’re excited to have him,” A.J. said.
A.J. Joiner said Walters has scheduled the Rams to play in tournaments in Craig, Alamosa and Grand Junction.
And Walters has brought one of his former assistants to Carbondale with him.
Thom Peabody, a varsity assistant coach at Rifle, has assumed the same duties at Roaring Fork.
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