Fred Heisel stepping down as Glenwood Springs High head basketball coach |

Fred Heisel stepping down as Glenwood Springs High head basketball coach

Taylor Cramer
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Fred Heisel will step down as coach of the Glenwood Springs boys basketball program.
John Stroud/Glenwood Springs Post Independent

After five seasons as the head basketball coach at Glenwood Springs High School, Fred Heisel said he will step down due to family reasons.

Only a few short months after making an appearance in the Class 5A state playoffs and capturing a 5A Western Slope League title, Glenwood Springs will now be in pursuit of a new head coach to take the helm.

While Heisel said stepping down is not something he wants to do, he emphasized that it’s something he needs to do.

“My time as head coach has been great to me, but I have to do what’s best for my family,” Heisel said. “I’ve had some great years at Glenwood and I have enjoyed watching these kids come in at a young age and grow into the men that they have become.”

A former player at Glenwood Springs High from 1984-88 before continuing his basketball career at Regis University, Heisel took over the reins of his alma mater in 2018 following a stint as the head coach at Glenwood Springs Middle School.

Since then, Heisel has led the team to three winning seasons in his five years as the leader of the program, compiling an overall record of 70-43. 

While his time as head coach has come to an end, Heisel said he will still be around the program come the 2023-24 season.

“I will definitely attend some open gyms next season and I am excited to attend the games and see what the team is able to do,” Heisel said. “This is part of life and who knows, if I feel the time is right maybe I’ll have a future in coaching.”

As Heisel steps down from his position, those within the valley know how important of a role he has played in the past five years. 

Mike Vidakovich, who helped coach Heisel during his high school years and has continued to be a member of the sports world throughout the valley, said the loss of Heisel at the helm of the Demons is a big one.

“His leadership is unmatched, both during his playing days and now during his time as a coach,” Vidakovich said. “He knows how to get the most out of his players. He’s a man that his players want to play for.”

Under new leadership, the Glenwood Springs boys basketball program will look to repeat the success it saw during the 2022-23 season, in which it went 17-8 following a 9-15 season in 2021-22.