WILLIAMSON - The calendar continues to approach the WVSSAC appointed dates for out-of season coaching and conditioning activities for West Virginia high school and middle school athletes and as it does, many Mingo County Schools still find themselves with coaching vacancies.
The Mingo County Board of Education currently has posted a total of five head coaching vacancies, three high school athletic trainer vacancies and twenty one-zero-compensation assistant coaching vacancies. The vacancies affect seven schools.
Four of the five head coaching vacancies are middle school positions. The lone high school vacancy is the Tug Valley High School Head Football Coaching position which remains vacant in the wake of the resignation of former head coach Mike Smith.
The Tug Valley football position was posted once already with only two known to have interest. However, the position has now been re-posted.
Tyler Hodge, the head coach of last year’s Mingo Middle School Football Champion Kermit Blue Devils had told the Daily News he was indeed going to apply. However, Hodge said he reconsidered his decision when he became aware that a teacher in the system was considering applying for the position.
“He was a teacher and I knew he’d get it over me. But I did re-apply at Kermit.” said Hodge. “I got a lot of support at Kermit last year and I know the Principal there supports the football program really well. Several businesses and other people have stepped up to the plate to support us there the program, so I’m ready to defend the county championship we won last year.”
Thus the TVHS position is reposted.
The following list is a school by school list of the currently posted athletic vacancies:
Burch High School: Cheer Coach for Gr. 6-8, Zero-Compensation Assistant Football Coach, Zero-Compensation Assistant Football Coach for Gr. 6-8, Zero-Compensation Assistant Baseball Coach, Zero-Compensation Assistant Softball Coach, Zero-Compensation Assistant Girls Basketball Coach for Gr. 6-8 and a Zero-Compensation Assistant Boys Basketball Coach for Gr. 6-8.
Gilbert High School: Athletic Trainer, Boys Basketball Coach for Gr. 6-8, Girls Basketball Coach for Gr. 6-8.
Lenore K-8 School: Cheer Coach.
Matewan High School: Athletic Trainer.
Matewan Middle School: Zero-Compensation Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, Zero-Compensation Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, Zero-Compensation Assistant Football Coach.
Tug Valley High School: Athletic Trainer and Football Coach.
Williamson High School: 3 Zero-Compensation Assistant Football Coaches, Zero-Compensation Assistant Volleyball Coach, Zero-Compensation Assistant Golf Coach, Zero-Compensation Assistant Boys Basketball Coach, Zero-Compensation Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, Zero-Compensation Assistant Track Coach, Zero-Compensation Assistant Baseball Coach, Zero-Compensation Assistant Softball Coach, Zero-Compensation Assistant Cheer Coach, and one Zero-Compensation Assistant Tennis Coach.
The posting for athletic trainers lists a preferrence for applicants who are certified athletic trainers. However if no certified athletic trainers apply, then those certified as limited football trainers will be considered.
Applicants for extra-curricular/extra-duty positions are required to submit a letter of application and resume to the MCBOE Personnel Office by 4:00 p.m., June 17, 2009.