Coaching high school basketball in Webster has sounded like a good idea to Griffin Coles for years.
“I currently live in Webster, I’ve been a part of the community my whole life,” said Coles, 36.
Coles has coached at the junior varsity level in his hometown for the last four years. Now his chance to run a varsity team is here.
Webster Schroeder’s JV coach moves over to Thomas as the successor to Bill O’Rourke Jr., who retired after 35 varsity seasons in the school district.
“This is the job I wanted,” Coles said. “This is my dream job.”
Coles also spent a season as a modified basketball coach at Willink Middle School in Webster after two years as the JV coach at Monroe High School in the Rochester School District. He will begin his seventh year in the city school district this fall as a special education teacher.
When O’Rourke was on the sidelines at then Webster High School during the mid-1990s, Coles was a point guard on the team. After Coles’ graduation from high school in 1995, he went on to become a second team All-SUNYAC guard/forward at Geneseo. The 2000 Geneseo grad was inducted into the college’s sports hall of fame in September.
O’Rourke, 65, is in the Section V Basketball Hall of Fame. His teams won 468 games, including two sectional finals, versus 272 losses.
“Bill O’Rourke is probably proud,” Webster Thomas athletic director Scott Morrison said. “(Former Webster guard) Matt Spadoni is at Schroeder and Griffin Coles at Thomas.”