Boys basketball: Peak to Peak names former freshman coach Smith as new front man

Peak to Peak lost one of its longest-tenured coaches when Tony Peters retired after the boys basketball season.

The Pumas and athletic director Peter Chandler found their replacement in a hurry, one so eager that he says he can’t sleep at night.

The new man in charge is Matthew Smith, who has some recent familiarity with the program. Smith coached the Peak to Peak freshman team in 2012-13.

“The cool part to this is that all my freshmen are now all going to be seniors,” Smith said.

Smith, who coached the Dawson School middle school program over the winter, will inherit a Pumas squad that went 7-15 last season, but one that will only lose two seniors. And he’ll already know much of the roster.

“When coach Peters retired, my phone blew up from all of my old players and family members asking me to apply for the spot,” Smith said. “Of course the guys were a huge appeal, but Peak to Peak, the program itself, is phenomenal. They play in a difficult conference and it’s a challenge. The whole package is what really made me want to come back.”

Smith graduated from Purdue in 2007 and grew up loving the sport in basketball-rich Indiana. He continues to play in a men’s basketball league in Erie, where he, his wife and two sons recently settled.

He works in Boulder as an engineer for a medical supply company.

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