Archive

ShareThis Page
Armstrong High School sorting through prospective varsity coaches | TribLIVE.com
News

Armstrong High School sorting through prospective varsity coaches

Tribune-Review
| Thursday, November 13, 2014 11:09 p.m

With the school’s opening nine months away, Armstrong High School should have its first coaches in place by year’s end.

A committee installed to select varsity head coaches for the new school will begin to interview candidates for fall sports positions next week, and their target is to have hiring recommendations ready for the Armstrong School Board to act upon for its Dec. 8 meeting.

Because an athletic director has yet to be hired, the committee was formed to fill the role an AD usually would in the hiring process. Kittanning principal James Rummel leads the committee, which also includes Ford City principal Michael Cominos and both schools’ current ADs, Todd Harvey or Kittanning and Denny Stewart of Ford City.

“It’s a big committee, and while not everyone will be there for every sport, we want the same people meeting every candidate for each sport,” Rummel said.

“We’ll be meeting with applicants on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. We plan to have one interview, but we’ve left it open if we have to have second interviews the next week.”

The openings for football, boys and girls soccer, girls volleyball, boys and girls golf, boys and girls cross country and girls tennis were posted publicly, and applications were accepted through last Friday. Response was mixed from sport to sport, but Rummel was mostly pleased.

“We received anywhere from one to seven applications for each sport. It’s a good set of candidates, and I’m really happy with the pool. We even got multiple good candidates in some of the sports where we were worried about the interest in the job,” Rummel said.

Having a committee that represents the entire Armstrong High School community was important to the process, and the school board is happy with its makeup, said board president Joe Close. The new school eventually will have an athletic director, but filling that position is not an immediate priority.

“We’ve knocked around a few different ways we’re going to fill that (athletic director) seat,” Close said. “Whether one of the building’s administrators would handle that role, or if it would be too much work to have on top of their job is something we have to look at.”

Until an athletic director is chosen, the committee pick Armstrong’s head coaches for the 2015-16 school year, and those head coaches then would have input on filling out their staff with assistants.

As was the case for fall sports, the other seasons’ sports will have an open application period. Winter sports applications will be taken in February, and spring sports applications will be accepted in May.

“We don’t want to do it any earlier because we don’t want any lame-duck coaches at Kittanning or Ford City, but then we’re moving fast because there are things for these coaches to do and get started,” Rummel said.

Close said once the committee makes their recommendations, the board will move quickly to get Armstrong’s coaches started.

“We want to let the coaches get started and hit the ground running,” Close said.

Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at mgrubba@tribweb.comor via Twitter @Grubba_Trib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.