Caleb Fine steps down as PCHS basketball coach
For the past seven years, Caleb Fine has been a fixture on the sidelines of the Park City High School gym. As the head coach of the boys’ basketball team, Fine led the Miners during a prosperous time in terms of wins and losses.
Though the 2015-16 squad finished 1-21, Fine said this year’s group continued the tradition of hard work and excellence off the court that he’s strived to foster. That said, Fine recently decided to step down as the head coach.
The decision has nothing to do with the 2016 team’s struggles. Rather, Fine said he needs to devote more time to his soon-to-be-larger family.
"We’ve got our first [child] arriving in April," he said, adding that he and his wife don’t yet know the gender of the baby. "I’ve been so fortunate to have this program for seven years. It’s hard to leave the kids, but it’s the right time for our family. My marriage and my family will always be my number one priority."
Fortunately for Fine and the Park City High School administration, the search for Fine’s replacement was easy. Assistant coach Mike Doleac, who made it to the NCAA championship game as a member of the 1998 University of Utah men’s basketball team and also won an NBA title with the Miami Heat, will take over for Fine.
Fine said having Doleac on board made his decision less stressful.
"It makes it a lot easier when you have a friend and a capable coach to step up," he said. "When he said he’d take it over if I stepped down, that makes you leave with a lot more peace. I’m excited to see and be a part of what Mike does with this program."
Doleac’s biggest challenge in the near future is going to be building the program’s numbers.
"Any public school goes through ebbs and flows in terms of numbers of players," Fine said. "He’s going to continue to grow the youth programs. If there’s anyone who can get this program back to the winning ways we’ve become accustomed to, it’s Mike. Any time you have someone with that experience, it’s great. He wants to be a teacher of the game and teach the boys the fundamentals of the game and also develop great young men."
Fine said he won’t focus on the record the Miners had during his tenure. Instead, he’ll remember the Park City basketball experience.
"I’m proud of how hard the boys played," he said. "I’m proud Park City became a team that was feared and one of the greatest atmospheres in 3A. And I’m most proud we developed young men to be quality leaders. I’d like to thank all the players and parents and my staff for all the support they gave me over my seven years."
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