Central hires Hirons to coach boys golf
Mike Hirons loves golf, working with children and coaching.
For him, coaching golf at the high school level appears to be an ideal fit, and he’ll get the opportunity at Central High School, which announced Monday it hired Hirons as its boys golf head coach. Hirons replaces Todd Dixon, who recently resigned to coach girls basketball at Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora.
“Mike came highly recommended from people in town,” Central athletic director Randy Powell said. “He worked a lot at Tiara Rado and Lincoln Park over the years. He’s an active player. He seems like a great fit.”
Hirons, 39, grew up in the Grand Valley and graduated from Fruita Monument High School.
He didn’t start playing golf until he was out of high school, but he worked at golf courses while going through college and has remained in the game ever since.
Hirons received a bachelor’s degree in business from then Mesa State College, but returned to school to get a degree in teaching.
“My buddy Tom LeFebre told me how much he enjoys coaching golf (at Grand Junction High School),” Hirons said. “He told me about this job. I called Randy, and he was kind enough to sit down with me. It worked out good.”
The Mount Garfield Middle School sixth-grade teacher coaches boys and girls basketball and track and field at Mount Garfield. He has two children, a 5-year-old boy and a 6-month old girl.
Hirons takes over a program that had 15 boys out last season. Just one was a senior.
He said he plans to call the returning players to get to know them.
“For some kids, they take it serious,” Hirons said. “Some kids, it’s their third sport.”
Boys golf practice begins Aug. 6. Central begins its season Aug. 13 at the Grand Junction Invitational at Bookcliff Country Club.