Former Trinity High School girls basketball standout Jackie Kotchman was hired as the school's varsity girls basketball coach at last week's school board meeting. In an unusual move, Kotchman received a three-year contract worth $4,500 per.
One reason for the deal is Kotchman's background. In addition to her playing days at Trinity, where she and Elaine Sobansky led the Hillers to section championships before graduating in 1980, and Ohio University, Kotchman has held a variety of coaching jobs – from volunteering at the youth level to junior varsity – at Trinity over the past 11 years.
Kotchman replaces Jim Webb, who led Trinity to an 8-14 record on an interim basis during the 2008-09 season. Webb, who coached Trinity from 2001-2006, replaced Becky Siembak. She resigned two weeks before last season started.