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CEU coaches leaving town

CEU's volleyball coach Brent Martindale will be leaving after many years of service to the college and area.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

There will be a new look for two College of Eastern Utah athletic teams this coming year. Both women's volleyball coach Brent Martindale and men's basketball coach Chris Craig are taking new coaching jobs elsewhere.

Martindale has coached volleyball for CEU for 15 years. He will be heading to Mesa College in Mesa, Ariz.

Craig, on the other hand, completed his second season with CEU this spring and took his team all the way to a third place finish at the National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. this season. He is leaving to take the position as an assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado.

Craig dreams of being a head coach at a Division I institution some day and the assistant coaching position at the outstanding Division I school in the Big Sky Conference is a step in the right direction. He expressed a great reluctance to departing CEU where he is well loved, but knows that he has to pay his dues as an assistant coach at a respected university if he is every going to get his chance at his dream.

Martindale has a few more mixed feelings about his departure. He is looking forward to the move to Arizona, but knows it will be hard on his family who have deep roots here in Price. Martindale struggled a bit as he tried to sum up his feelings on leaving. He expressed a lot of support from CEU Athletic Director Dave Paur and the other coaches at the school, but he admits he felt very undervalued for his efforts by some at the college.

Last season's big win over CSI early in the year was one of the top highlights of Martindale's career with CEU. The Lady Eagles were not expected to beat top ranked CSI before the match. He also says that he has had the opportunity to coach some exceptional women in his 15 year tenure as coach.

Martindale feels like he had a good run despite the team's record over the years. He says that with a few more resources funneled into the program, things may have been a lot different.

Martindale leaves the team in the hands of his assistant coach Grant Barraclough who is in his eighth season with the Eagles. Barraclough takes over the reins with a team pretty much in place for the upcoming season. Martindale took care of most of the recruiting as he has been in transition between the two schools.

At the time of publication, no decisions had been made about finding a replacement for Craig.

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