Jacob Gruse was ready to be a head coach again. After two years as a college assistant at WVU Tech and Averett, Gruse has been named the new head coach at Cave Spring H.S. in Roanoke.
“It was great to step back to see how other head coaches operate but it was time to get back to being a head coach,” Gruse said Friday afternoon.
Gruse replaces Billy Hicks who resigned earlier this year.
Cave Spring finished this past season with a 12-13 record, losing in the 3A West Region semifinals to Spotswood.
Prior to his stints as a college assistant, Gruse was the head coach at Dan River H.S. in Ringgold for seven seasons. He led the Wildcats to the state tournament four times. His 2009 team, led by Darren White, reached the state championship game, falling to Radford. This past season under Kenny Murphy, Dan River completed an undefeated season by winning the 2A state championship.
In a release from the Cave Spring school district Gruse said, "As a coach, I want my student-athletes to understand that I am not only a part of their life to teach them the fundamentals and principles of basketball, but I also serve to teach them vital life skills that they can carry with them throughout their lives."
CVHS principal Steve Spangler said, "Coach Gruse will be a fantastic addition to the Knights. He brings a great deal of basketball experience and I know our students will greatly benefit from his wisdom and knowledge."
Gruse, who holds a bachelor of science in education from Concord University in Athens, WV, said another reason he went after the Cave Spring job was because Roanoke is a great area to raise a family. He has a wife and two children