The recent weather isn't the only thing making it feel like April in Boulder County.
With a multitude of positions open at area high schools, the head coaching carousel is in full motion. And, as usual, the distribution of openings is hardly spread evenly.
So far anyway, it's Boulder athletic director Melissa Warfield and Mead's Darin Reese who find themselves with the most -- and most urgent -- vacancies to fill.
Warfield is looking to hire head coaches for football, cross country and boys and girls golf -- the latter of which begins practice Feb. 25. Reese, meanwhile, is looking for softball and cross country coaches along with a spring sport of his own, track.
"It keeps you hopping," said Warfield, who is hoping to have at least her girls, if not girls and boys, golf positions filled by the end of next week.
Reese is left searching for track and cross country coaches after Phil Hodgkinson recently resigned his coaching and teaching positions at Mead to pursue another job opportunity outside of teaching.
The new track coach will be Mead's fourth in the four years of the school's existence, and Reese said the short timeline has yielded him little interest in the position so far.
"It's certainly not ideal, but to credit our assistants they've kind of taken the reins of the preseason stuff," Reese said.
Reese said he plans to leave the track job open for another week and then go with an interim coach for this spring if no viable permanent candidate surfaces by then. Reese would then re-open the position after the season.
Aside from golf, Warfield said she's hoping to have a football coach hired by spring break and cross country by the same time or shortly after. Despite the district having yet to officially post the football job, Warfield said she's already received interest from about 20 candidates and expects that number to grow quickly once the position is posted.
The main thing, from an athletic director's point of view Warfield said, is making sure to balance the multiple coaching searches out and not get too buried in interviews and resumes at any one time.
One A.D. who knows plenty about hiring head coaches is Niwot's Jim Butterfield, who has replaced nearly NHS' full lineup in his four years leading the Cougars' athletic program.
Butterfield currently has openings for volleyball and boys soccer. Volleyball coach Chris Koerner resigned with the increase of duties at his day job, while former boys soccer coach Rob Johnson served in an interim role last fall after the abrupt resignation of his successor, Merv Johnson.
Other known head coaching openings in the area include: Longmont boys golf, Monarch boys swimming and Skyline girls tennis.
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