Dog days of summer often are something altogether different at Bay District Schools as principals and athletic directors are busy finalizing not only faculties, but coaching staffs as well.
County high schools have a number of head coaching vacancies still open at this point, and all administrators spoken to are confident they will be filled within the coming month.
At Bay, it was announced on Wednesday that head baseball coach Daniel Davidson will not return for a fourth season. The Tornadoes are advertising the baseball position internally, then district-wide before opening up to resumes from outside the county.
Bay athletic director Vern Barth said that principal Billy May expects to have the position filled before school starts on Aug. 19.
“He told the parents that we will have a coach in place for fall ball,” Barth said.
Barth said the baseball opening in the lone vacancy on Bay’s coaching staff heading into the school year.
Rutherford athletic director Kirk Harrell said that the Rams have additional hires to make since Rob Armstrong came onboard for football and Matt Treadway for boys soccer in the spring.
Harrell said he was in the process of finalizing new coaches for wrestling and boys track and field, where former coach Anthony Collier has moved over to Jinks Middle School. A boys weightlifting coach also must be secured as former coach David Hate is now on staff at Mosley.
Mosley recently added former Dolphin standout Natalie Vogler to replace Brian Wilke in softball, and Leland Loper has taken over the boys basketball program from Chris Martello.
Bozeman hired new football coach Lyle Messer well in advance of spring practice last school year, but otherwise Bucks athletic director Mike Memmen said the coaching staff there remains intact.
“We don’t have any changes, we are keeping the same coaches,” Memmen said. “I think we’re fortunate that every coach at our school except for wrestling, which is John Winkler, teaches at the school.
“It’s a lot easier to stay in contact. A situation like that has worked out really good for us.”
Arnold principal Keith Bland said the Marlins still are scrutinizing various candidates to lead the baseball and girls basketball programs, and Arnold also will replace athletic director Katie McCurdy. Cheryl Henninger, who was a head coach in Greensboro, N.C., has been hired to lead the volleyball program, Bland said.
“We’ve already advertised and are looking at certain candidates,” Bland said, adding “certainly by Aug. 1,” for getting new head coaches approved through the district.
Bland said that it isn’t all that uncommon for larger schools to make a handful of changes heading into a new school year.
“Sometimes they don’t renew, and a lot of times a coach chooses to make a change,” Bland said.
North Bay Haven athletic director Debbie Funkhouser said the Buccaneers also have had some movement. Angie Ansley, who was an assistant at Mosley and has coached here at the club level has taken over in volleyball for Shana Peeples. Kelsey Kane, a former collegiate golfer from Illinois, will lead the Bucs’ boys and girls golf team and Funkhouser said that Stephanie Sims is stepping down in softball while pursuing a master’s degree. A replacement has not yet been named.
“We’re very happy with it,” Funkhouser said of NBH’s young athletic department, where many sports are entering only their second year of varsity competition.
“We feel like we have great coaches that are enthusiastic and have a passion for the sports they’re coaching and care about the full athlete, not just the wins and losses.”