Scott Rienks

Scott Rienks coaches the 2014-15 Paonia girls basketball game. A father, husband, brother, mentor, teacher and coach, Rienks was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2019.

Former Paonia Coach Scott Dale Rienks (57) lost his two year long battle with cancer on Monday, Oct. 4.

A memorial service in his honor is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Meyer Ballroom on the Colorado Mesa University Campus in Grand Junction. Attendees are asked to wear masks due to the increasing COVID cases in the area.

Rienks was born in Hayden, Colorado on June 16, 1964. He graduated from Hayden High School in 1984 finishing up his education at Western State College in 1992.

He was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2019. His battle against cancer was recognized across Colorado with teams wearing “Refuse to Lose” wristbands and T-shirts. A Facebook page ‘Rienksstrong’ was set up to follow his journey.

During the course of his 28-year career, Rienks coached multiple sports at DeBeque, Plateau Valley, and Paonia. He won nine state championships at Paonia and one in DeBeque. In 2020, Reinks was inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The legendary coach was named basketball coach of the year by the Colorado High School Activities Association four times — in 2017 when the Paonia girls were undefeated; in 2010 when they won their first state title (daughter Jordyn was named 2A Player of the Year), and twice as boys head coach at DeBeque High School — in 1997, and in 1998 when the Dragons won the 1A state title.

According to his obituary, Rienks is survived by his mother, Bessie Jo; wife, Kelly; daughter, Jordyn (Chris) Shiflet, and granddaughter, Scotlyn; son, Dagan; brother, Rick (Cindy) Rienks; sister, Shayne (Tom) Young, and a loving extended family, including numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Beryl Rienks; brother-in-law, Ed Gunderson; niece, Dana Gunderson, and nephew, Garrett Gunderson.

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