Girls basketball coaches needed at Hayden, Soroco high schools

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— Got an itch to coach some basketball? A couple of local high school teams could provide the scratch.

More than a month of high school football and volleyball games remain in the fall prep sports season, but what kind of sporting landscape athletes from area schools will be looking upon when winter sports hits remains up in the air. The head coaching positions for the girls basketball teams in Hayden and Soroco remain open.

Tigers athletic director Tony Rosso said the school’s head wrestling coaching position is about to be filled.

“That one should be done by the end of the week,” he said Wednesday.

He wasn’t so optimistic about girls basketball. The wrestling job came open last spring and the school’s girls basketball job this summer when Eric Hamilton resigned to take over the Moffat County High School boys basketball program.

Whoever steps into the position will have big shoes to fill — Hamilton took the team to the state tournament twice in his three years — but also a veteran team to help with that task. Several of the top players from last year’s state-qualifying squad are seniors.

Soroco, too, is considering its options for a girls basketball coach. David Bruner stepped down from the position — one of three head coaching jobs he took on at Soroco — last winter when the season ended and was replaced by assistant coach Willie Smith.

Smith moved late in the summer to North Dakota, again opening the position.

“Hopefully it will generate some interest this week. We just started running it in the paper,” Soroco athletic director Andy Johnson said.

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