Athletic trainer positions remain posted at Gilbert, Matewan and Tug Valley High Schools. These positions are posted for work primarily with the high school football teams.
WVSSAC rules stipulate that high schools must have either certified athletic trainers or “limited athletic trainers” hired by their local county board of educations. These positions must be filled and the trainer must be at all football practices and games of their team.
If no trainer is in place for a school by the first day of fall practice in August, a football team cannot practice. Thus there is an urgency to have these positions filled as quickly as possible.
Mingo County is not alone in having difficulty filling these positions, as numerous other counties in West Virginia are posting for these positions as well.
Gilbert High Head Football Coach Gordon Carter said this was a continuing problem that most area football teams have and will continue to face.
“Until our county pays these people more than $1,000.00, we’re not going to be able to keep these people. “ Carter said. These people have special certifications and since everybody in the state needs them and is looking for them, they can be particular about where they work.”
Following are the extra-curricular posting by school:
Burch High School: Cheer Coach for Gr. 6-8, two Zero-Compensation Assistant Football Coaches, one Zero-Compensation Assistant Football Coach for Gr. 6-8, one Zero-Compensation Assistant Softball Coach, one Zero-Compensation Assistant Girls Basketball Coach for Gr. 6-8, one Zero-Compensation Assistant Boys Basketball Coach for Gr. 6-8.;
Gilbert High School: Athletic Trainer*;
Matewan High School: Athletic Trainer*;
Matewan Middle School: one Zero-Compensation Assistant. Girls Basketball Coach;
Tug Valley High School: Athletic Trainer*;
Williamson High School: one Zero-Compensation Assistant Volleyball Coach, one Zero-Compensation Assistant Golf Coach, one Zero-Compensation Assistant Softball Coach.
Williamson Middle School: Newspaper Sponsor and Yearbook Sponsor.
*Athletic Trainer Preferred. however, if 0no Athletic Trainers apply, Limited Football Trainers will be acceptable
Applicants for extra-curricular/extra-duty positions shall be required to submit a letter of application and resume to the Personnel Office by 4:00 p.m., July 6, 2009. The Board reserves the right to reject any applications received after this date. Fax applications will not be accepted.
Inquiries concerning positions may be addressed to Nell Hatfield, Personnel Coordinator; Mingo County Schools; Route 2 Box 310; Williamson, WV 25661. Job descriptions are available for review in the Mingo County Schools Personnel Office.