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School Board Discusses Filling Coaching Vacancies With Area Residents

By Staff | Jun 24, 2008

Coaches were on the minds of members of the Emmetsburg Community Schools Board of Education during their regular meeting on June 16.

The board approved offering a contract to Tim Rodemeyer as at-risk coordinator at the high school contingent upon his release from his contract at Graettinger-Terril High School. Rodemeyer was also offered a contract as varsity assistant girls track coach and freshmen volleyball coach.

A contract was offered to Brett Hansen as middle school social studies instructor, football trainer/assistant, and assistant varsity baseball coach. The contract previously offered to Drew Gappa for the assistant varsity baseball coach for the summer of 2009 will be rescinded as it was not signed or returned.

Members approved the resignation of Mike Lester as industrial technology instructor and varsity head wrestling coach contingent upon finding a suitable replacement.

Jarrod Joynt was approved as a volunteer football coach and weight room supervisor contingent upon coaching authorization and a positive background check.

Finally, the board approved the resignations of Dan Dooley as middle school girls track coach and Tyler Beving as varsity assistant girls track coach. Dooley was offered the varsity head girls track position, and Beving was offered the varsity head boys track position.

“I’m concerned with the track situation,” said Scott Dettmann, board member. “We went from having two great track coaches to having coaches with little to no experience. Are we going into these positions too quick?”

Board President Karla Anderson agreed with Dettmann, “I did have concerns about the lack of experience, but I think they have the right heart and mind-set.”

“I think we’re all worried about experience, but in all of our interviews, there was a real lack of track coaches,” said Jay Jurrens, high school principal.

Board member Don Hagen wondered if there was anything the school district could do to promote area residents getting their coaching certifications.

“I know there are some people out there in the community who would make good coaches,” Hagen added.

“I do think it would be worthwhile,” Jurrens answered. “Basically, you just need the hours to receive your certification. It doesn’t even involve attending college. I think an organized effort would be great.”

“I think, in rural Iowa, this is going to be a problem,” said Dettmann. “We need to tap into the talent that’s already in our community.”

Anderson stated, “I would hate for us to get to the point where we hire someone for their coaching experience instead of their teaching experience.”

Dettmann noted that with the resignation of Mike Lester as varsity head wrestling coach, perhaps the coaching vacancy would be one that could be filled from within the community.

“This wrestling position might be one we should investigate,” said Dettmann. “It’s hard to get a wrestling coach and industrial teacher in one person.”

“Maybe we can work together with our booster clubs,” Joynt suggested.

The issue will be placed on the agenda of the July 21, meeting of the board.