Peak to Peak has head coaching vacancies for girls and boys basketball. One post was recently open, the other not for more than a decade.
The latter, the boys position, has been manned by Tony Peters for the past 11 seasons.
“He’s had a good run as a high school coach,” Pumas athletic director Peter Chandler said. “He’s moving to a nice, luxury type of house in Greeley and I think he’s looking forward to not doing much of anything.”
Peters has been a coach for the past 32 seasons and also spent 25 years with the Arvada Police Department until retiring in 1998. Prior to Peak to Peak, Peters spent time at Holy Family, Northglenn (where he coached his son, Michael), Colorado Christian University and Golden.
Peters’ wife recently retired and his daughter is an attorney in Greeley. The three are going to live together in a sizable home.
“We just decided to make a move to be closer to the kids up in Greeley,” said Peters, who also taught at Metro State in recent years. “It’s been 32 years that I’ve been coaching high school, so it was time.”
Peters guided the Pumas to the Class 3A Great 8 in 2009-10 and, despite some lean years, generally was successful and highly regarded. Marquee Pumas athletes under his tutelage included Jesse Hoefling, J.P. Mile, Eric Goedde and Max Clark.
Mile, a senior on the 2009-10 team, rejoined Peters as an assistant at Peak to Peak this season on a youthful Pumas squad that went 7-15.
“When I first got hired, I was the fourth coach in four years,” Peters said. “One of the things I told Peter is, ‘You can’t keep doing this; you need some consistency throughout the program.’ I think I brought that.”
Peters believes the Pumas soon can get back to their winning ways.
“This group that I’ve got this year, they’re young and they can play well, but they still have to learn some things,” he said. “I feel like the program’s heading in the right direction, where I feel comfortable leaving it for someone else and saying, hey, now take it to the next level.”
On the girls side, Peak to Peak and first-year coach Elwyn Davidson had a mutual parting because of time constraints for the coach. Davidson, who guided the Pumas to an 9-13 mark in his lone season after replacing longtime staple Chad Rathbun, has two young children.
Those interested in applying for either coaching vacancy can reach Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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