Thursday, February 9, 2012

The search is on ...

The search for an athletic director at McGuffey High School is down to two finalists, including one person familiar to readers.

Jeremy Smith is one finalist. Smith is working with the Chartiers-Houston boys basketball team as the top assistant for Eugene Briggs. Smith is a former men's basketball assistant at Bethany College and a former football assistant at Waynesburg High School.

The other finalist is Trinity football coach Ed Dalton.

The Trinity Area School Board removed Dalton as athletic director before the 2010-11 school year, and he was replaced by Bobby Jones. Dalton has remained as Hillers' football coach, though the well-documented relationship between the coach and the school board can take a nasty turn at any time.

McGuffey is offering approximately $55,000 for its athletic director position, which would be a significant pay cut for Dalton. The football position at McGuffey, however, remains open, and the possibility of having both positions could be the draw.

* Jefferson-Morgan has yet to fill its football position, and apparently isn't close. The school is keeping the search well-guarded, so much so that athletic director Scot Moore does not know identities of possible candidates.

* According to sources, the Trinity baseball coaching search is down to two candidates - Scott Henson and Nate Voytek.

Henson, a Ringgold grad, coached at Canon-McMillan before being replaced by Steve Bucci after the 2006 season. Voytek was Trinity's pitching coach.

Trinity's next board meeting is Feb. 16.

* Don Williams has coached the Carmichaels boys basketball team for 37 years, including the 2011-12 season. Williams before the start of the start of the 2011 WPIAL Class A playoffs, that he expected his 37th season to be his last.

Now, Williams isn't so sure.

Williams plans on waiting until the WPIAL alignment is released before making up his mind. Carmichaels, which clinched another postseason berth this year, is losing several long-time section rivals. Jefferson-Morgan and West Greene are moving up to Class AA, as is Bentworth.

Where the Mikes are placed could determine if Williams returns for a 38th season.


Anonymous said...

I really hope McGuffey makes the right decision here. I don't know either person but I know Dalton's past from reports in this paper and anyone with a brain would avoid him especially if he wants more money. Hopefully the school board will realize they are there to do what is best for the school and that is not hire someone with as much baggage as Dalton - A Concerned Parent.

Parent said...

Any word on the coaching postion open in waynesburg? job has been open for a long time now?

Anonymous said...

Here's a thought to the "Concerned Parent"...Trinity keeps Dalton and all his baggage and you can have Trinity's current AD Bobby Jones.

mike_kovak said...

I'll check in on Waynesburg. ... It has been months. Makes me wonder how many applicants these openings are atttacting.

Louie said...

Waynesburg stalled the process by voting to not accepting Kuhns' resignation and try to talk him into staying. Talk about mistimed support!

Anonymous said...

Hope McGuffey hires Dalton. He is a great coach and better man. I played for him and high school and was by far the best coach I had in high school or college. He cares about his players