Soon enough, Curt Colby will be chopping up some surf in Kauai.
But this is no vacation story.
One of Boulder High School’s longest-tenured coaches with 17 years under his belt, and having been a resident of the city for nearly 30 years, Colby has resigned his position as boys and girls swim coach at Boulder in order to pursue an opportunity coaching a club team in Hawaii.
Colby, a avid surfer and a man who is simply drawn to the water, has frequently visited the islands over the years, and in recent visits had gotten to know a coach for the competitive Swim Kauai Aquatics club. When the coach informed Colby that he was going to move on, he jumped at the chance to apply.
“One of my favorite things to do sport-wise is surfing so it’s a great place for that, but it’s also one of the quieter islands,” Colby said. “I had been looking around off and on … and about a month ago, he called and told me he was resigning. A couple weeks later, the team called and said they wanted me.
“It’s hard to leave, but I am 66 (years old) and when you think about where you want to be, that was it for me.”
In his new position, Colby will be working mostly with the same age group that he has been teaching for years — upper level high school swimmers and a smattering of collegiate athletes. He’ll leave for Hawaii in the middle of next month.
Boulder’s coaching crew on the pool deck will not be the same without Colby — who was known to sport a purple and yellow mohawk every so often for the state meet. The Panthers’ team continued to grow under his guidance, and BHS has frequently scored points in both the girls and boys state meets.
In 2013-14, Amanda Richey earned a state championship with her 500 freestyle win, and in 2014-15 Christian Feiler rocketed his way to the 50 free title, too. The Boulder boys finished fourth at this year’s meet at the Air Force Academy, with the 200 medley relay team also winning a state title.
Gratitude was the first thing Colby expressed when summarizing his time at Boulder.
“When I first started we had maybe one kid make it to state from the girls team, and there were about 30 girls overall and 12 boys,” Colby said. “I worked to expand the team and include as many kids as I could. Swimming has given me a lot in life, and I wanted to give back.
“I wanted to give the best coaching I could to them, and I think both teams showed that growth throughout the years. There is a lot of parent involvement in swimming, and a lot of dedication on the part of the swimmer … I will always appreciate the support of the parents and the effort of the kids.”
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