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Three head coaching positions at Washington County High School were filled this past week.
Mike Holt, Sr. was pegged as the head girls’ basketball coach, an opening that had been left vacant for the longest time of the three.
Former Commanderette coach Bernard Smalley was recently hired as the head coach for the boys’ basketball team.
Two spring sports jobs were filled as well, with Christy Baker and Adam Blair being hired as the head coaches for softball and baseball, respectively.
The two take over the reins for Paul Coulter (softball) and Derek Schuler (baseball).
Baker was previously the WCHS softball head coach from 2004-2010, compiling a career record of 74-106.
WCHS Principal Paul Terrell said that he “looked at the whole gambit of the application process” before finally making a decision, something he admitted was especially difficult with these three positions.
“It all came down to deciding what was best for our students,” Terrell said. “There are always some that are very disappointed, but there are three [people] that are very excited to have this opportunity. It’s my job as principal to make that decision, and I know these three can lead us in the right direction.”
Terrell also thinks that these hirings will bring some “renewed interest” to each program.
“Everybody’s always excited to see some new faces in charge,” Terrell said. “Change is often good, and it’s inevitable in sports. We’ll see some new offenses, new defenses. It’s the start of a new era for Washington County athletics.”
Full stories on each new head coach will be in next week’s issue of The Springfield Sun.