Allison takes reins as new wrestling coach at GJ
By KENT MINCER
When Bud Glover was searching for an assistant coach to help with the Grand Junction High School wrestling program, he jumped at the chance last fall to get Cole Allison.
“I said, ‘Yeah, I want him in the room,’ ” Glover said.
After serving as head coach for two years, Glover retired at the end of last season. On Wednesday, Allison was selected to fill the position.
“That was always my goal was to make sure somebody good was in the room,” Glover said.
Grand Junction Athletic Director Greg King made the announcement in a press release Wednesday.
Allison is in Fargo, N.D., for a national tournament this week and was unavailable for comment.
Allison was a four-year varsity wrestler at Montezuma-Cortez High School, so he was familiar with the program when he took the assistant’s position last fall.
“He told me he was so impressed with the (Tigers’) tradition,” Glover said.
Allison won the 2001 Class 4A state 171-pound championship. He then wrestled for four years at the University of Northern Colorado and also attended Fort Lewis College.
Glover said those college connections that he developed should also be a plus.
“He’s young and has a lot of energy,” Glover said.
More importantly, “He is an excellent technician (with) the ins and outs of moves,” Glover said.
In fact, Glover spent most of last season handling the administrative duties and turning the practices over to Allison.
“I was just totally amazed at his demonstration,” Glover said.
King said Allison’s rapport with the team factored into King’s decision to promote him to head coach.