Scorebook Live’s Dan Dickau visits with Matt Gruhler, head coach at Skyview High School.
Hometown: Portland, OR
HS/College: Central Catholic HS (OR), Saint Martin’s College
Athlete in HS/College: 3 years varsity in HS, 5 years in college (1 redshirt year)
Coaching career: 15 years coaching, 9th year as head coach – 3 at Hockinson HS and this is my 6th at Skyview.
Why did you get into coaching?
I fell in love with the game at a young age, and enjoy being around it. As I looked back on my career, I realized that coaches had a huge impact in my life in a positive way, and I wanted to try to have a positive impact on young people. At the same time, I love using basketball to teach young men how to be a part of something bigger than yourself and put others first
Outside of current team/program what are your coaching aspirations?
None. I hope to be at Skyview as long as possible.
Who is your coaching mentor?
Bob Benson – having him as my varsity assistant has been a blessing. He has been a coach for over 30 years and many of them as a head coach. He is the first person I go to when I have questions.
Best coaching resource?
I love the stuff I can learn on Twitter from other coaches. I feel like there are a ton of great resources on leadership, X’s and O’s and team building on twitter.
Best coach you’ve matched x/o’s with?
Blake Conley – Union, Bill Bakamus-Mark Morris, Dave Long- Columbia River.
Best player you’ve coached?
Alex Schumacher – currently
Josh Hall – Hockinson HS 2010-11
Best player you’ve seen at the HS level in WA?