Cherokee Trail hires Gary Childress as its next boys basketball coach

Silver Creek Vista PEAK boys basketball Gary Childress

(Katie Pickrell/

Gary Childress is coming back to the boys basketball scene. The longtime coach, who has amassed more than 500 wins in his career, has been hired by Cherokee Trail to head the school's program.

Childress had stepped away from coaching last March. But Cherokee Trail athletic director Steve Carpenter said he has hired the former Vista PEAK, Grandview, Limon, Yuma and Palisade coach.

Childress is 512-319 in 37 years of coaching, which also includes time as a coach in Washington state.

His most recent stop was Vista PEAK, where his teams went 57-17 in three seasons, and reached the Sweet 16 twice. Prior to that, he spent 16 seasons at Grandview, where he went 215-165.

Cherokee Trail is coming off an 11-14 season while competing in the always-tough Centennial League in Class 5A.

Former coach Morgan Gregory stepped away after seven years at the helm after the season. He was 99-77 at CT.