When job constraints forced longtime Peak to Peak baseball coach Tim Combs to resign mere weeks before the spring season, the Pumas needed a replacement in a hurry.

Luckily, he was already there.

Derek Urban has coached in the Pumas’ program since the summer of 2013 and was the junior varsity head coach last season. In addition, he is familiar with much the current varsity group after coaching many of them in Broomfield youth leagues and on the Slammers 16U summer team.

“My foot was kind of already in the door,” Urban said.

A 2001 graduate of Skyview High School in Thornton, Urban bypassed college to start his own flooring installation business, Urban Works, LLC. It worked out well in that, not only did he avoid stockpiles of college debt, but his business has flourished for about a decade.

But there something was missing for Urban.

“It’s been a goal of mine to be a varsity head coach,” he said. “So it was very simple for me to make the decision that this is what I want to do.”

Peak to Peak has made recent strides in the rugged Metro League, Class 3A’s deepest, most challenging league. The Pumas finished 10-10 last season and 12-8 in both 2012 and 2013, qualifying for the playoffs in each season. They lost one-run heartbreakers in the first round each of the past two seasons.

The Pumas have a budding college player on the roster in left-handed pitcher Nick Kakavas, who has signed with Otero Junior College. In recent seasons, the program has produced college athletes in pitcher Isaac Friesen (Seminole State College, 2013) and infielder John Howard (Colorado Mines, 2014).

Sophomore infielder Zach Feigelson is among the players Urban has coached for the better part of five years.

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