Long Time Coach Bob Caton 
Named Mullen Men’s Varsity Basketball Coach

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

 

Bob Caton admitted it. Like so many others before him, he had the itch to return to coaching boys basketball.  He’ll scratch it with Mullen, as the longtime Denver-metropolitan figure has been named head coach of the Mustangs.

“The position opened up and, you know, I wanted to get back into coaching, and this worked out great,” Canton said.  Bob Caton has been on the city-area sidelines for 43 years, 37 as a head coach, and earned 505 victories in a career that dates back to the 1970s.

Athletic director Vince Massey called it an important move for the Mustangs.  “Oh, man, Bob’s a legend and his reputation speaks for itself,” Massey said. “He has over 500 wins and he’s a relationship builder. What I’m really excited about is he has worked with a lot of different athletes on a lot of different levels. And I’m excited to see how he works in our community and brings exposure and wins to us.”

The Mustangs sought help after the 2009-10 season, and since then has gone through three other coaches, including three over three seasons. And Caton is well aware of the recent history. The program hasn’t had a winning overall record since the 2007-08 season and is 10-88 in the always demanding Centennial League since 2010-11, with just five league victories over the past five seasons.

“I think there will always be a certain degree of talent here,” Caton said, “and you try to get the best out of them. I try to put players into position to be successful. What they do well, I will put them into that position. And it has always been a good league.”

Caton’s teams have finished state runners-up twice, made six final fours, 14 Great 8s and won seven league titles. He has coached at Manual, Denver West, George Washington, Aurora Central and Highlands Ranch. He also has been active in basketball on other levels, served as a scout for the Indiana Pacers and was a star player at Denver West and Colorado State.

“The most-important thing to me,” Massey added, “is how he builds those relationships with kids ... I’ve seen him interact with a couple of kids already and the way he approaches them and the looks on their faces and the way he talks to them just tickles me pink.”

Caton said he’s looking forward to building his staff and setting up summer camps. He said he resides close enough to ride his bicycle to the Mullen campus and is eager to begin.

“It’s a special school,” he said. “You get kids that are self-motivated, it has always been that type of school. The kids are going to work hard and that’s just the way the school and community feels around there, a Lasallian-based school.

“It’s a good place to be.”

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