Mullen names Bob Caton new boys basketball coach

Mountain Vista Highlands Ranch boys basketball

(Matt Mathewes/

Mullen has turned to Bob Caton to take over its boys basketball program.

The school announced the hire in a press release on Wednesday morning.

“Bob’s a legend and his reputation speaks for itself,” Mustangs athletic director Vince Massey said in a statement.

Caton, a longtime head coach, stepped down from Highlands Ranch after the 2014-15 season. He has been a coach for 37 years, and has 505 career wins. He has the 11th-most wins in state history.

“I wanted to get back into coaching, and this worked out great,” Caton said in a statement.

Aside from Highlands Ranch, Caton has also had stops at Manual, Denver West, George Washington and Aurora Central.

Mullen went 8-16 last season in the Class 5A Centennial League, and hasn’t had a winning season since 2007-08. Caton replaces Peter Spiessbach, who went 22-49 in three seasons.

“I think there will always be a certain degree of talent here,” Caton said. “What they do well, I will put them into that position. And it has always been a good league.”