EVHS alum to lead Fort Lewis basketball team
DURANGO – Bob Pietrack has so much positive energy he makes The Little Engine That Could seem like a total drudge.
Pietrack, a 1999 Eagle Valley High School grad and always a bit of an overachiever, is now the youngest head coach in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. He’s the new interim head men’s basketball coach at Fort Lewis College.
He has been with the Skyhawks program for 15 years, four as a player and 11 as an associate head coach.
“My wife Lauren and I love Fort Lewis College and Durango,” Pietrack said. “Words can’t describe how much this opportunity means to us. As a coach it’s hard to make promises. However, I promise I will continue to pour my heart and soul into FLC basketball. I am grateful that I’m a Hawk who gets to stay home!”
‘DREAM COME TRUE’
Fort Lewis College Director of Athletics Gary Hunter made the announcement two days after long-time Skyhawks coach Bob Hofman announced his transition into retirement.
Hofman has been saying for four years that Pietrack is ready to take the program’s reins, Hunter said.
“I am honored and humbled to be the next head basketball coach at Fort Lewis College,” Pietrack said. “Being a collegiate head coach has always been my goal, and being the head coach of my alma mater is truly a dream come true.”
As associate head coach for the Skyhawks the past 11 seasons, Pietrack has been responsible for the program’s recruiting, scouting, scheduling, academic counseling, strength training and individual player development, in addition to on-the-floor coaching and assisting in the day-to-day basketball operations. Pietrack also serves as the director of the Skyhawks’ summer basketball camps.
“I have had the opportunity to watch Pietrack coach, work with our student-athletes and continue to work diligently to make this program one of the best in Division II,” Hunter said. “He is a proven recruiter, very hard worker, and he has the respect of his peers, colleagues and student-athletes.”
DAYS AS A DEVIL
At Eagle Valley High School, Pietrack was a four-year starter at point guard in basketball and a four-year starter in baseball and football.
With the Devils basketball team, he earned all-state honors twice and all-conference accolades three times. He holds the Colorado 3A record for career assists (702) and led the state in assists three seasons. He also earned all-state honors four times as a first baseman in baseball and was a two-time all-state quarterback in football.
As part of the Skyhawks coaching staff, Pietrack helped guide the team to a 229-94 (.709) overall record. During that time, Fort Lewis won four straight RMAC West Division Championships (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08), five berths into the NCAA Division II tournament (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013), two RMAC Shootout championships (2008, 2011) and two RMAC regular season titles (2004-05, 2007-08).
Pietrack helped lead the Skyhawks to the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history during the 2011-12 season.
Prior to his coaching career, Pietrack played four years for the Skyhawks under Hofman. He was a member of two RMAC West Division championship teams (2001-02, 2002-03) and played in two NCAA tournaments (2001-02, 2002-03). A two-time RMAC All-Academic honoree, Pietrack was a team captain and team MVP in 2003-04.
“Being able to be the head coach with coach Hofman as coach emeritus will be a great benefit. We enjoyed a great run together, and I am proud to be his successor,” Pietrack said.
Pietrack graduated from Fort Lewis College in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. He completed his master’s degree in health and human performance from Fort Hays State University in 2008.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.