Former Cowboy Grabu Assumes Head Coaching Job at Boulder High
Riley Grabu, the point guard on the Wyoming team that won the MW Tournament and advanced to the NCAA tournament in 2015, was hired as the head basketball coach at Boulder High School, his alma mater.
The promotion of Grabu from an assistant coach to head coach was announced on Friday, three days before practice begins. He replaced Jack Clarke, who after three years as the head coach, did not have his contract renewed.
Grabu, who attended Boulder High School for his junior and senior seasons, averaged 20 points and 5.5 assists in the two years at the school.
After graduating from Wyoming, Grabu played professionally in England for the 2015-16 season before returning to the Boulder area.
"I really like Riley's relationships that he's developed with the kids, and he is an employee here at Boulder who relates well to our student-athletes," Boulder athletic director Eddie Hartnett told the Boulder Camera in a phone interview on Friday afternoon. "He's a positive guy who we're excited about.
"Whenever you hire a new coach, I look at it as an opportunity to develop skills, a skill set, to teach the game. Riley has a passion for the game and it's going to be exciting to be able to see him teach it to both the student-athletes and to the rest of his staff. All new coaches have to learn, but I've been around him enough to know that he learns quickly and is able to communicate well."
Clarke, a 2001 graduate of Boulder High, returned to the school originally as an assistant coach