One of Colorado's

By Jeff Letofsky
PBR Colorado Senior Writer


One of Colorado's deans of baseball is leaving the diamond.

This past week it was announced that Grandview High School's Dean Adams will retire at the end of the season.

Adams has been the baseball coach for the Wolves for the past 11 seasons and also has been the school's defensive coordinator in football.

"Words can't express our gratitude for his overall commitment to our athletics department," Grandview athleteic director Jamee Ulitzky said in a statement.

"He has built many long-lasting relationships with current and former students and is a well-respected coach amongst the baseball community in Colorado. We appreciate the time and effort Dean has given to our student-athletes and to building our baseball program, one that we are very proud of at Grandview High School."

Adams, 51, has been in the coaching profession for 26 seaosns, 16 at Grandview as the head coach and assistant.

During his tenure, Grandview won four league titles, reaching the Elite 8 in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013. The Wolves were in the Final 4 in 2013.

He did win a state football championship in 2007. He said he has four more years as an instructor in the business department before retiring at Grandview.

"I'm just exhausted," Adams admitted this week. "It's something I've been considering for about three years. My goal was to retire both as a teacher and coach. But it's just time.

"It's been phenomenal. I know I'm doing the right thing for myself. When's it all said and done I've impacted the kids and given the vast majority of them a good experience. I have no regrets."

"I don't want coaching to define me. I have some other things to do in my life."

Adams has coached three recent players who have gone on to play professionally -- Kevin Gausman (Baltimore Orioles), Greg Bird (N.Y. Yankees) and Jared Schlehuber (Kansas City Royals).

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