GRAND JUNCTION - After Central girls basketball head coach Matt Lindholm suddenly decided to step down as the team's head coach on Monday, team captian Alaina Brennan spoke out in his defense on Tuesday afternoon.
"People are saying, 'Why did he leave? It's 16-3,'" Brennan said. "We're three games to the end of the season and there comes a point when some things in life are more important than basketball."
It was speculated that Lindholm tendered his resignation to go be with family members out of state. And although that has not yet been confirmed, Brennan thinks he made the correct decision.
"Family is one of those things (that is more important than basketball)," Brennan said. "He stepped it up and had to do what he had to do and the team is o.k. with that and we respect that."
Central's Athletic Director Paul Cain has been named interim head coach and will head the team for the remainder of the season. Attempts to reach Lindholm have been unsuccessful.
The Warriors have a perfect 7-0 record in conference play and are in the middle of a 12 game winning streak. Their next game is a big rivalry matchup on Friday night against the Fruita Monument Wildcats at 5:30 p.m. at Fruita Monument High School.