DRAFFENVILLE – Three head coaches are still to be hired at Marshall County High School, but one vacancy has been filled and another sport has a new leader.
Dan Langhi, a hall of fame basketball standout at Marshall County High School and a six-year NBA veteran who returned to his alma mater as a teacher last year, has been named head volleyball coach.
Also, Vince Doom, long-time coach of freshman boys’ basketball and a varsity assistant at MCHS, will take over girls’ golf head coaching duties from Bobby Love.
Still to be named are replacement head coaches in baseball and softball, plus leader for the new bass fishing team.
MCHS athletic director Jeff Stokes said the process is delayed while faculty rosters at county schools are finalized.
District-wide, some 11 teaching positions were deleted from 2011-2012 staffing levels.
“We’re in a holding pattern right now for baseball and softball,” Stokes said.
Stokes said he has applicants for the positions, but that’s as far as it has gone.
“What we’re trying to do is shake out what teaching positions are going to be available,” Stokes said, noting that the district prefers to hire certified personnel to fill coaching positions when possible.
Doom, already on faculty at MCHS, took over the position vacated by Love, who Stokes said was “just ready to turn it over to someone else” and hopes to move to an administrative position soon.
Doom has never coached golf before, but says he has closely followed the MCHS program for several years.
“I love the game and play it almost daily, as time allows,” Doom said. “I have played many local tournaments.”
Doom will continue in his duties with the freshman and varsity boys basketball teams.
He offered a compliment to Love for the job he did with the golf team.
“Bobby turned the program in the right direction and my goal for this year is to continue what he started,” Doom said.
“I want the kids to have a competitive fun,” he added.
“We’re going to work hard at each aspect of the game because we have a very strong meet and tourney schedule this year.”
Also waiting to be filled are three assistant coaching vacancies. Stokes said some progress has been made toward filling those jobs, but no hirings are official yet.
Baseball coach Bill Thorpe and softball coach Patricia Greer both left after two years in the jobs to accept administrative positions, Thorpe as principal of Lyon County Elementary School in Eddyville and Greer as assistant principal at Marshall County High.