Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Bonner Springs coaching search to heat up in April

April 6, 2006

The Bonner Springs-Edwardsville School District officially accepted the resignation of Bonner Springs basketball coach Andy Price on Monday.

Doing so opened the door for the district to begin its search to find Price's replacement.

Also open is the BSHS girls varsity job, which became available when the school's athletic director, Garold Baker, decided to step away from coaching, as well.

With two of the school's most high-profile coaching jobs vacant, and the road to find replacements now wide open, Baker said he expects both searches to heat up throughout the month of April.

By rule, the district must have both jobs open for a minimum of two weeks. That time frame is just fine with Baker, who's hoping to end both searches by the end of the month.

"I would definitely like to have them both filled by the end of April," said Baker, noting several reasons for the time frame. "There are going to be other jobs open at other schools and the sooner we get ours filled, the better chance we have of choosing a coach from a bigger talent pool."

Baker said he's already received several inquiries and applications for both positions. Included among those candidates hoping to land the jobs are Bonner Springs assistants Clay Oakes and Ryan Hull.

Baker refrained from tipping his hand on the chances of the school's current assistant coaches, but said with teaching openings factoring in as a major part of this decision, he was glad to have capable and talented coaches already in the building.

"I'm not going to say either of those guys are going to get the job or that they're the front- runners or anything like that," Baker said. "But it's nice to know that we have an assistant coach on both the boys and girls side of it who is capable of being a head coach should we choose to go that route."

The deadline for applications for the Bravettes job is Friday, April 7.

The deadline for the boys job will expire April 21.

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