Central hires Schneider to coach boys basketball

Central High School hired a new basketball coach who knows all about basketball in the Grand Valley.

Kurt Schneider, who graduated from Fruita Monument in 1991, is taking over the boys basketball program at Central.

Schneider played college basketball at Eastern Utah, Montana State and Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo) and replaces Phil Cain, who coached the Warriors the past seven seasons.

“The Central job was enticing because of the fact I went to high school in the area,” Schneider said. “I loved the community and a change will be good.”

Schneider spent the past four seasons at Granger High School in West Valley City, Utah. Granger is a Class 5A school in a diverse part of Salt Lake City.

“There were close to 30 different languages spoken at the school,” Schneider said. “It’s a challenging school, we had great kids, but it was hard to keep upperclassmen.”

Schneider still succeeded, making the playoffs twice and compiling a 31-55 record over his four seasons.

Schneider will teach in the English as a Second Language program at Central and plans to get involved quickly. Schneider said he’ll be running open gyms June 13-16 from 3-5 p.m. at Central. The open gyms are for all incoming freshmen through seniors.

“I’ve heard some good things about the kids, knowing they were young last year,” Schneider said. “I’m excited to get to know the kids and get involved with the community.

“I want to bring leadership to the program and school and it’ll hopefully work out for the best.”

Central Athletic Director Randy Powell said Schneider’s experience helped him land the job.

“He had a proven track record in Utah at a very difficult coaching situation,” Powell said. “He’s willing to do what it takes to build up our program.”

Schneider takes over a team that went 4-19 last season but returns leading scorer Taylor Sanchez in addition to Edward Becoat, Robert Chandler and Trent Coleman, all of whom contributed last season.

“I teach hard work and accountability,” Schneider said. “I want the kids working their tails off, always getting after the ball.”


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