Chris Mischke took the Boulder girls basketball coaching job in September hoping to bring some stability back to a program he’d admired growing up for its dominance in the 1980s and early 1990s.
But sometime over the past few months Mischke’s “priorities changed,” with the coach deciding he wanted to spend more time with his family than he’s been able to recently in dealing with all of the things involved with leading a program.
Mischke, a teacher at Louisville Middle School, resigned his coaching post over the weekend after one season leading the Panthers.
“It just was time for me to focus on my family,” Mischke, a 1992 graduate and former standout player at crosstown rival Fairview, said Monday. “I really enjoyed my time (at BHS). I met some great people there.”
Mischke enjoyed successful stints as head coach of both the Nederland girls and boys teams and as an assistant boys coach at Monarch before taking the BHS job.
He led Boulder to a 9-16 record, an up and down campaign hampered by injuries yet one that also included an upset win over Fruita-Monument in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament.
When he was hired, Mischke was the fourth new girls hoops coach at BHS in 21 months.
After Dynelle Tadlock resigned midseason in January 2010, assistant Sara Klippert took over on an interim basis. Terry Gallagher was hired after that season ended but resigned just a few weeks later, leading to former Colorado Buffaloes assistant coach Aisha Veasley’s hiring. Veasley took the team to the Class 5A sweet 16 during the 2010-11 season before resigning in August.
BHS athletic director Melissa Warfield said she plans to post the job opening next week once she knows whether she’ll have a teaching job available to offer with it. One of her top priorities is still finding that stability for the program.
“It’s unfortunate,” Warfield said. “I thought Chris was (the program’s stabilizer). He was doing a good job. It just didn’t work out that way.”
Mischke said he was unsure whether he would seek out any lower-demand jobs as an assistant again any time soon. During his professional life, there hasn’t been a time where he’s either been coaching or working on his master’s degree.
He can now, he said, devote all of his attention to his family and his teaching at LMS.
“I’m going to enjoy it for awhile,” Mischke said.