Shira Not Returning To Vale Boys Basketball

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John L. Braese

VALE – After seven seasons as the head coach of the Vale boys’ basketball team, Colby Shira will not return as the Vikings take the court next year.

“It was just time to start seeing my own children in sports,” said Shira. “Last season, I missed over 30 games of my kids playing in different sports and I want to be around and see them grow up.”

Shira has two children, ages 13 and 10 and both are involved heavily in extracurricular activities.

“There are times my wife was in Boise with one child and then driving to La Grande the same day to watch the other child,” Shira said. “It was just not fair anymore having her handle all the responsibilities and I want to see my own children play.”

The Viking coach said preparation has gone far beyond taking a team immediately following the conclusion of fall sports and start a run towards a state title.

“Basketball is now starting in June for a team to compete now,” he said.

Vale fans have not seen the last of Shira on the bench.

“This is definitely not my last coaching gig,” Shira commented. “I want to step up and coach my own children, but volleyball is definitely out of my knowledge base so I will leave that to those who know it.”

“I was extremely disappointed Colby would not continue next season,” said Vale Athletic Director Tom Snook. “I fully understand the reason he is stepping away at this time for his family. Colby has been great for Vale basketball and we appreciate everything he has done for the program.”

The Vikings will start an immediate search for the next coach according to Snook.  

Shira exits the program with a 69-90 record since taking over the program in the 2016-17 season. He also coached previously at the junior varsity level for Vale. The Vikings have made a run the past two years in the state tournament, falling this past season in the first round of play and dropping a consolation final game last season.

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