HS Basketball: FMHS releases girls basketball coach Richard Atkins, hires Michael Wells

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO On September 30th head coach of the Fruita Monument girls basketball team Richard Atkins was released. With the basketball season right around the corner Fruita was quick to find a well-qualified replacement from our neck of the woods - Michael Wells.

For the last 3 1/2 seasons, Wells worked as an assistant women's basketball coach at Colorado Mesa University,serving under both Roger Walters and, most recently, Taylor Wagner. The Mavs are coming off an extremely successful season with a run into the quarterfinals.

Now Wells is ready to bring that success into the high school level at the helm of Fruita's girls basketball team, but that's not to say the Wildcats haven't had their fair share of success.

The 'Cats finished as the Southwestern League champs - edging out Montrose and Grand Junction for the tiebreaker. They went on to the 5A state playoffs, advancing to the sweet 16 before getting falling.

Though Michael may not have seen this opportunity coming, it's one he's taking with full confidence.

"As I kind of thought about it and discussed it with my family, I thought what a neat challenge and a neat opportunity that it would be to move to the high school level, get my first head coaching job, potentially have the opportunity to work with my daughter down the road," said Wells. "As we talked and things kind of progressed it just became a new challenge I was interested in accepting."