Montrose hires Voehringer to be boys basketball coach
Ryan Voehringer’s coaching career has bounced him around Colorado, but now the former Montrose basketball player is coming home.
After nine successful years at Class 3A Valley High School in Gilcrest, Voehringer took the Indians’ boys basketball coaching job earlier this week. “You look at the football team and the baseball team at Montrose and the things they’ve done, there’s obviously a lot of great athletes at Montrose,” Voehringer said. “I think the fist thing I want to do at Montrose is build a culture where it’s not only about competing for league titles, but also competing with Front Range schools like Montrose has in a lot of sports.”
Voehringer graduated from Montrose High School in 1995, and got his start as a coach at Lake County High School in Leadville. After one year at Lake County, Voehringer took the boys basketball coaching job at Valley High School in Gilcrest.
During nine years coaching the Vikings, he compiled a 143-82 record and won two 3A/2A Patriot League titles. Under Voehringer, the Vikings also won four regional titles, made four final eight appearances and three final four appearances.
Voehringer will teach physical education at Montrose High School.
“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity, when holes for teaching and coaching would open at the same time at Montrose,” Voehringer said. “It’s such a great school and such a great community, I’m just excited to come back.”
Despite an offensive-minded background as a player, Voehringer said he is very much a defensive-minded coach.
“I was more concerned with offense when I played, but the more I coach and the more I watch, the more I realize that defense is the most important aspect of the game,” Voehringer said. “Obviously, you need to put the ball in the basket to win, but defense wins championships. You have to play hard on the defensive end and get stops for a full 32 minutes. I plan to build around defense and have that defense lead to offense.
“I know it’s a group of guys I’ll be able to do that with. (Kyle) Freeburg, some of the other guys, I know Montrose has some very good basketball players. I haven’t seen them play yet, but I’m excited to get started.”