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Walck is two in one for Grand Valley High School

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” As a competing coach, David Walck has admired Grand Valley High School’s recent athletic success from afar.

Now, he’ll help sustain it as the school’s new activities director, assistant principal and head volleyball coach.

Coming from Rangely, where he coached the volleyball team the last 12 seasons and served as athletic director last school year, Walck always paid close to attention to words on the Grand Valley gym wall.

“When you’d walk into the gym, they have on the walls, ‘Grand Traditions, Grand Expectations,'” the Eagle native recalled. “I always thought that was a great motto walking into the building. Growing up in Eagle, I’ve seen Grand Valley around for years. They have a lot of tradition. That’s exciting.”

Walck’s new home has torn up Class 2A in recent years, winning a state title in boys basketball in 2006-07, taking the state’s top team spot in wrestling in February and finishing as state runners-up in girls basketball in March.

With Walck overseeing the sports programs, the Cardinals will try to replicate that success as a Class 3A school starting this fall.

He’ll also be charged with turning around a volleyball program that’s struggled, both on the court and in terms of coaching stability. Walck is Grand Valley’s third volleyball coach in as many seasons.

“We’re really just going back to the fundamentals,” relayed the veteran coach, who directed Rangely to the state tournament the last three years and has numerous coaching awards adorning his mantle. “I’m really trying to build a program that utilizes those fundamentals. We’ve got some high goals that we’ll work hard to achieve.”

Walck is taking over a team most recently coached by Jenni Hirneisen, a former walk-on volleyball player at Colorado State University.

He’s also replacing former athletic director Jeff Bradley, who is beginning his tenure as AD at Grand Junction Central High School this fall.

He hopes to keep all of his new posts going in the right direction.

“I’m walking into a great situation,” Walck said. “I’m very excited. It’s a little daunting, but that’s good. That’s the way it should be.”

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