Schwindt to Coach Basketball Team

Looks to Implement New Strategies

Coach Matt SchwindtMatt Schwindt plans to take what he’s learned as a volunteer coach at Cotopaxi and former player at Canon City High School into his new role as head boys basketball coach at Cotopaxi High School.

Schwindt, who served two years as a volunteer coach under Mike Brown, took the program’s reins in April when Brown stepped down after 15 years as an assistant and head coach of the Pirates. He started for two seasons at Canon City High School, earning first-team all-defensive honors his senior season in 2011-12. 

“I learned some of the subtleties of what it takes to be a head coach from Brown,” Schwindt said. “He cared about the kids, enjoyed coaching them and was able to get the most out of them. I’ll also be using some of the offenses and defenses that he used over the years. 

“I will bring in drills from when I was playing that I thought benefited me. I’ll share my strategies as a defender and give them cues to look for in a game.” 

In June, Schwindt took the team to the Evangelical Christian Academy Tournament in Colorado Springs, where they won two games and lost two. Two seniors and two incoming freshman helped to make up the 10-man roster. 

“You could tell we had young guys on the team who are still learning,” Schwindt said. “We had two incoming freshman who stepped up. I’m excited to see how they’ll impact the team moving forward."

“I think there’s a greater commitment this year from the athletes than in years past as far as being in the weight room, wanting to work and having more kids show up more regularly; that’s what I’m most excited about.” 

Schwindt is also the offensive coordinator for the Pirates football teams and a volunteer coach of the school’s baseball team. 

Cotopaxi finished 11-9 overall and 6-4 in the District 6 Standings last season. Terry Hiebert will continue to serve as the sub-varsity coach and assistant coach.