FHS officials interviewing girls basketball candidates


Fairbanks’ Bella Rowland (14) guards against a shot during a game from the 2017-18 basketball season. Rowland and the other Lady Panthers will have a new head coach next winter. School officials are in the process of interviewing candidates to take over for Brock Oakes, who resigned last month.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)

Interviews have begun and will continue later this week in the search for a new Fairbanks High School head girls basketball coach.
The position recently became vacant with Brock Oakes’ resignation.
Oakes had held the position for the past seven years. He resigned late last month due to the fact that he and his wife are expecting their third child on the first day of pre-season practice this fall.
“We have interviewed three candidates so far (as of Monday afternoon) and plan three more for Friday of this week,” said Panther athletic director Larry Morris.
A total of 15 candidates have applied to date for the position.
The job was originally listed as being open to applicants until Friday, June 15.
Morris, however, is hoping to have a new head coach named earlier than that timeframe.
“We’d like to hire someone as soon as possible,” he said. “We want the new coach to have as much gym time with the team as possible during the month of June.”
Morris said the six people who have or will be interviewed all have previous high school basketball coaching experience.
There is one who has previous head coaching experience.
“I’m pleased with the caliber of applicants we have for the position,” said Morris. “Some have both girls and boys coaching experience.
“Hopefully, we will be ready to name a new head coach either late Friday of this week or Monday of next week,” he said.

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