Coach Gary Crane Retires From Warrior Basketball

Pueblo’s athletic department is sad to announce the retirement of  Gary Crane as head basketball coach.  After 35 years of loyal service to his alma mater, Coach Crane has decided to move on to another chapter in his life.

In his own words:

Friends & Family:

This past Monday (Feb. 28), after much deliberation I decided to resign my position as varsity boy’s basketball coach, thus, severing the last string that attached me to Pueblo High School. For thirty-five years, Pueblo High School was the center of my entire professional life. While the decision was and still remains very difficult, I believe it was simply time for me to take the next step in my life. I would like to be available to help shapes the lives of some other children, my grandchildren. First and foremost, I want to spend more time with my loving wife who has without reservation given up her summers and holidays to support me throughout this endeavor.

Gary Crane

Gary & Kelly Crane at last home game this season.

Coach Crane has touched many young athletes here at Pueblo and his presence will be missed!

On behalf of the entire Pueblo family, enjoy your retirement Coach.

Coach Crane (Far Left) in 1977.

16 thoughts on “Coach Gary Crane Retires From Warrior Basketball”

  1. Thank you for all the amazing years. You were also an amazing teacher.Best of luck. Your grandkids are an important part in life. You have a amazing wife who stuck by your side. Thank you to her because Pueblo warriors may not had you.

  2. Coach Crane,
    I had the privlege of playing for you as a freshman in ’80-81, and you were very instrumental in helping me shape my adult future. Thank you, and I wish you well!

  3. Thank you for your hard work and dedication all these years. May you have a great retirement with your wife and grandkids. Remember “Once a Warrior, Always A Warrior!

  4. Coach crane! Will go down as a legend for coaching the infamous duo: Michael Perez and Steve Lopez!

  5. Coach Crane, I enjoyed being a student in your classroom and playing for you on the Freshman and JV Basketball team with a lot of great memories. You are a great person and role model for your students. I am sure you will be missed. Best of luck to you and your family in the future and enjoy the next phase of your life. Best Wishes, Sean Burton 87′

  6. You have had a long journey. Way back in the mid 80 you left me on the Freshman team thanks to Ms. Crane, I thank you for that!! I had the pleasure of playing for you just a few minutes in the last game of the ’86-’87 season when you pulled me up for the playoffs!!
    Hope great things follow you in life……..

  7. Jorge YOU SUCK! you dont know anything about basketball and ruben sucks at coaching.

  8. Coach Crane Gracias for your frienship and passion for young people at PHS and the South side. Gracias…Best Wishes, Victor Salazar 87′.

  9. Congratulations Gary! It has been a long and winding road for us and I could not have found a better friend and colleague to share it with. Thanks for all your hard work in the classroom and on the court.

  10. Congratulations, Gary! You performed a great service being there for the PHS students. I am very proud of you! I have cheered for you since high school and I am cheering you on in your future goals.

    Rosalie Lopez, Class of ’72

  11. Congratulations Coach! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our school.
    Rene Perez, class of ’90

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