Steamboat Springs Luke DeWolfe has been tabbed as the successor to legendary - and recently retired - Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Kelly Meek.
DeWolfe, who coached the freshmen basketball team last year and served as the head track and field coach, said he's excited for the opportunity.
"One of the biggest reasons I wanted the job was the quality of the athletes I get to work with," DeWolfe said. "I know them already, and it's a big incentive for me to get to work with those kids again."
Steamboat, fresh off a trip to the Class 4A Sweet 16, returns six players from last season's roster and should get a big boost from several rising sophomores.
In addition to one year's coaching under Meek, DeWolfe spent seven years as an assistant coach at Highland High School in Ault. While there, DeWolfe worked under four coaches and was part of a Class 3A championship in 2000.
"I think he's an excellent choice," Meek said. "He has a dynamic knowledge of the game and he's very sure of himself. I know he's extremely excited for this opportunity."
Meek said it was important to keep continuity in the program. The program appears to have found that with DeWolfe and assistant coaches Jim Bronner and Bruce Alston.
"It's been pretty smooth," DeWolfe said. "The biggest reason is Kelly himself. He's been helping me out and encouraging me to take the job. He's given me a lot of advice and is the main reason as to why I am taking the job."
The hire comes at a perfect time. The Sailors are preparing to leave today for a camp at Western State College in Gunnison. There also have been gym sessions throughout the summer, and there are plans for scrimmages against teams from across the state.
"I'm happy with it," said Alex Wood, one of three returning seniors. "He's already instilled it with me a lot of the things coach Meek would do. I think it will work well."