Tronsrue returns to Colorado to coach Huskies
Colorado is familiar territory for Tronsrue and so it was only natural that he jumped at the chance to coach boys basketball at Battle Mountain.
“No. 1, it brings Jody, my wife, and I back to Colorado,” Tronsrue said by phone on Friday from Missouri. “I’m originally from Colorado. I graduated from Aurora Central High School, went to college at Western State. Then I spent most of my years when I got into coaching at Overland High School. Except for the last few years, I’ve spent almost my entire life in Colorado.”
Those last three years have been in the Show Me state where he was the head coach at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin, followed by a stint last season at Bronaugh High School.
But aside from that, Tronsrue’s career track has been Aurora, Gunnison, Aurora, Grand Junction, back to Aurora and now Eagle-Vail.
In Eagle-Vail, Tronsrue inherits a squad that went 14-7 last season, one of the best marks in recent memory. Graduation doubtless will take its toll. Gone are four starters – Josh Henry, Austin Wignall, Jimmy Medina and Andy Linke.
The team does return all-conference point guard Isaac Martinez as well as center Beau Beckley. And judging by Tronsrue’s philosophies, that could be a good match.
“I would say I’m very much up-tempo. I like to push the ball up the floor. I want to get to an up-and-down type of game,” Tronsrue said. “Defensively, I’m much a man-to-man aggressive, in-your-face type of coach. I want the defense to be aggressive at all times. We’re going to put constant pressure on the ball in the passing lanes, put constant pressure in the post area. We’re going to rebound the ball and kick it out and push it up the floor.”
In addition to basketball duties, Tronsrue will be a physical eduction teacher, specializing in weight-training and activities classes. Tronsrue plans to move out to Eagle County by Aug. 8.
“I know it’s always difficult coming in with a new coach and bringing in maybe some new philosophies,” Tronsrue said. “But I will tell you from the get-go that we should be able to compete. I believe that once we start practicing in November, we’re going to be going at it hard and heavy. I believe that you get it done on the defensive end first and everything comes off that. That’s going to keep us in ballgames until we become more in tune with the offensive philosophies that I want to incorporate.”