Meet Bryan Detweiller.
As the new Grantsville boys basketball coach, Detweiller knows how important the athletes are to the success of a program.
“I would like to make it about them,” he said.
Detweiller was hired in the summer time to fill the vacancy left when former head coach Chris Baker stepped down from the position.
Detweiller said last year’s 18-4 record says a lot about Baker’s commitment to the Cowboy basketball program.
“He was there for four years and he just built that program, teaching good fundamentals and team basketball,” Detweiller said. “It says a lot about his style.”
The Pennsylvania native said he plans to continue the success Grantsville has had by challenging his team at difficult tournaments before region play starts, and with perfecting fundamental basketball.
“We’re going to start with defense first, work on some pressure defense,” he said, mentioning how he enjoyed seeing what the Cowboys were able to do last year defensively. “We hope that defense will lead to our offense and push the pace through that, but we hope to work defense first.”
Detweiller has served as an assistant for the GHS girls team, and said he is looking forward to the change.
“I think it’s an exciting opportunity for me,” he said. “It’s an exciting challenge and something I’m looking forward to.”
Detweiller, who is originally from Pennsylvania, works full time as the director of major events at Miller Motorsports Park, where he’s in charge of anything from making sure the track is in good shape to budgeting and many things in between.
But Detweiller said he never competes in races there.
“I’m a basketball player,” he said.
After playing ball at Quakertown Community High School back east, Detweiller said had planned to try out for a Pennsylvania college team, but blew his ankle during a pickup game about a week before walk-on tryouts started.
Detweiller said coaching is kind of a family tradition: he coached with his father at a high school in Pennsylvania, and his sister coaches Division III basketball in the Carolinas.
But Detweiller was never exclusively a one-sport athlete. He said in high school he played soccer and was an all-state kicker, something he said not many people in Tooele County might know about him.
“For me from my size at 6-foot-4,” he laughed, “not too many kickers or soccer players would look like me.”
Detweiller said he’s lived in Utah for about five years now and moved here because of a work opportunity. He’s enjoyed it so much, he hinted his family may join him out west too.
“I just really liked what Utah was all about,” he said. “I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity.”