Baumgartner steps down as basketball coach


— Shawn Baumgartner has stepped down as the head basketball coach of Hayden High School after leading the Tigers for five seasons.

Baumgartner, who led the team to the semi-finals of the District 5 tournament this year, said the decision came down to spending more time with his family and focusing on his other coaching position as head coach of the Hayden football team.

"The main part is to concentrate a little bit more on football," he said.

For the past five years, Baumgartner has served as head coach of the football and basketball programs at Hayden. He said with the seasons being back-to-back and the work each takes in the summer to remain competitive wore him down at times.

"Going back to back wears you down a little bit. I want to concentrate in one area," he said. "If I focus on one, I feel I'll be a better coach and it will be a better program."

In the summer, Baumgartner said he'd usually be out of town every weekend working on his master's degree or coaching basketball or football.

This summer, Baumgartner said he plans to put most of his efforts into the football team, which advanced to the second round of the Class 1A state playoffs last year.

Along with a spring camp of 7-on-7 drills, Baumgartner said he's hoping to go to a linemen camp, as well as having scrimmages with Moffat County and Steamboat Springs.

"It will be nice to be focused on one thing," he said.

Baumgartner said he's made recommendations to athletics director Kevin Kleckler on potential candidates to fill the position.


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