Help Wanted: Coaches Need Apply

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By Paul Gable

Athletic directors at both Grant County High School and Williamstown High School are spending their summer months trying to attract coaches to their respective schools. With practice looming, the time is running out on athletic directors to cement their staffs.

GCHS has several voids to fill

With a month until school starts, Grant County High School athletic director Scott Shipp is desperate.

"I have a lot of positions to hire for," said Shipp, who has served as the Braves athletic director for five years.

Shipp has secured all his varsity head coaches for fall sports, hiring former GCHS and Union College standout Eric Ashcraft as girls' soccer coach. Aschcraft replaces Phil Mattingly, who resigned.

Other fall varsity coaches are: Marlon Kinsey (girls' cross country), Lance Robinson (boys' golf), Marcus Camacho (girls' golf), Mike Parker (boys' cross country), Mike Davis (football), Bill Simpkins (boys' soccer) and Kelli Lee (volleyball).

The fall sports positions that Shipp has to fill are a junior varsity volleyball coach, freshman volleyball coach, junior varsity girls' soccer coach, junior varsity boys soccer coach and assistant football coach.

In addition, Shipp is searching for a freshman boys' basketball coach, a varsity softball coach, a freshman softball coach and a varsity baseball coach.

One of the reasons why Shipp is not having success replacing coaches is because there are few teaching positions available.

Shipp said GCHS adheres to KHSAA By-Law 27, which pertains to the requirement for coaches and others working with high school teams.

The By-Law states "an individual seeking a coaching position shall be categorized as Level 1 if such individual is a certified teacher and member of the regular school system faculty." A Level 1 coach must be employed a minimum of three regular periods for teaching class.

The By-Law also has a Level 2 coach, which does not meet the qualifications for a Level 1. A Level 2 coach shall be 21 years of age, shall not be a voilent offender, have graduated from high school and have completed 64 hours of college credit.

Prior to assuming duties, a Level 2 coach has to complete training provided by the school district.

"We have not had a lot of turnover this year. I am very concerned because I have never been in this position before. We have a lot of positions to fill, but I think its tough all over the state," Shipp said.

Williamstown has two voids to fill

The search is over for Williamstown High School athletic director Todd Dupin—he's found a volleyball coach.

Dupin announced June 7 that Kim Anglin had been hired as varsity head volleyball coach. Anglin replaces Kelli Lee, who resigned at the end of last season and puts an end to a search that lasted several months. Dupin said his next task is finding assistant coaches for Anglin.

"Kim has several years coaching and playing sports. We are excited about her being our new coach. Our biggest concern was filling the position before school started. We are looking forward to starting now," Dupin said.

While Dupin has hired Anglin, there are two head coaching positions that remain openbaseball and girls' golf.

The baseball job is vacant following the resignation of Buck Walter at the conclusion of the 2008 season and the girls' golf job opened recently following the resignation of Stephanie Caldwell.

"We hope to have both of those positions filled soon," Dupin said.