Put me in coach, I'm ready to play.
Problem is, nobody wants to play with me.
Coaching can be a thankless job, much like your defensive specialists, offensive linemen, or even sports editors. In
fact, there are several similarities between the coaching and sports editor professions, but for fear of backlash
from any helicopter parents, I think I'll get back on point.
Speaking of, the Durango High School boys soccer position has yet to be filled.
At the end of February, Durango School District 9-R invited five candidates to interview for the vacancy created by
former head coach Scott Emrich's resignation. Four candidates accepted that invitation: Ronald Allen, James Hall, Kieran Hall and Kenneth Wood.
Allen has 26 years varsity coaching experience at Sandia High School in Albuquerque. He has served as president of
the New Mexico High School Soccer Coaches Association, director of the High School All-Star Soccer Games and has been
named New Mexico High School Soccer Coach of the Year 10 times.
James Hall is the assistant director of the Durango Youth Soccer Association and has been a youth coach for the last
10 years. He played at Fort Lewis College, then coached at FLC. He has been an assistant coach with the DHS girls
Kieran Hall won a Division II national championship as a player at FLC, then was an assistant coach at his alma mater
in 2008-09. He played professionally in his native Great Britain from 2007-09, and he was selected by the Houston
Dynamo in the 2008 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. He has coached with DYSA since 2004.
Wood played soccer at Yavapai Community College, Glendale Community College and FLC. He served as an assistant coach
at Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Ariz., in 2004-05 and has been a coach/trainer with DYSA since 2005.
It is anticipated that the name of the new DHS head boys soccer coach will be announced on or before March 5, 2010,"
the 9-R news release said.
That deadline came and went, then a new release was issued.
Last month, the open position generated a pool of five candidates, four of whom were interviewed and spoke before a
community forum of parents and students. Shortly thereafter, several of the candidates withdrew from the process for
individual reasons," the release said.
If you think so, too, or wish to throw your hat in that ring, call Marty Kay Hutton in the 9-R Communications Office
at 247-5411, ext. 1400.
DHS principal Diane Lashinsky and athletic director Sheldon Keresey also announced the first of this month their
selection process for the vacant boys basketball position.
A screening team comprised of Keresey, an assistant principal and three DHS teachers/coaches have reviewed
applications from the last six weeks and have recommended candidates to be invited for interviews. The screening team
likely will conduct its interviews mid-April - a community forum again will be a part of the process - and the goal
is to have the position filled by the end of April," the release said.
While we're walking the coaching circuit, there's been a plethora of activity in the Rocky Mountain Athletic
Conference as well.
Bernie Busken resigned as football coach from Western New Mexico, and the school said a search for his replacement
will begin immediately.
Louis Wilson was named the head men's basketball coach at Adams State College. He replaces Mark Murdock, who was
dismissed from his position by athletic director Larry Mortensen.
Verlyn Rosenthal was named the head volleyball coach at Colorado Christian. She replaces Aimee Davison, who
resigned to assume an associate athletic director position with the Cougars.
Tim Busen replaces ASC student Josh Nolker as the Grizzlies' men's soccer coach before the program enters its
Josh Hutchens, a co-head coach in 2009-10, has been appointed the head coach of the Colorado School of Mines'
wrestling program. The other co-head coach, Dan Lewis, will remain with the team as an assistant coach.
Mining more wrestling tidbits from Golden, Bayfield High School alumnus Jordan Larsen earned First Team All-Academic
honors Friday. The 165-pound sophomore, the Orediggers' Outstanding Freshman" in 2008-09, went 22-10 this season, won the Hastings College Open and took fifth at the Division II Super Regional Four/RMAC Championships.