Virus concerns may alter interview process for MHS girls basketball position


Marysville’s Kass Lee (14) goes up for a shot during a victory over Upper Arlington this past season. Marysville school officials are currently searching for a new head coach to lead the program next winter. (Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)

The open position for the top of the Marysville High School girls basketball program has been expanded to candidates outside the school district.
The interview process, however, may be altered a bit due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The job became open after the 2019-20 season when Brooke Young stepped down after two years on the job.
Marysville school officials posted the vacancy internally last week in order for anyone on the district’s staff to apply if they wanted to do so.
It has now grown to include interested candidates from outside the district.
Schools throughout Ohio are on a three-week hiatus as the country continues to battle the virus pandemic.
As such, initial interviews for the coaching position may not be on a face-to-face basis.
Marysville High School athletic director Joey Day said some first-round interviews may have to be conducted by telephone.
“This is a fluid situation,” he said. “We want to hire a new coach in a timely manner as soon as circumstances return to normal.
“However, it’s not needed within the next week or so.”
He also said school officials have not established a hard and fast deadline for applications.
“The district’s administrative team obviously hasn’t had a chance to discuss this yet,” said Day. “It’s all going to depend on what happens in the next week or so.”
There has been one internal candidate apply for the position.
“We’ve also had a few applications from outside the district trickle in,” he said.
Day declined to name any applicants at this point.
He added that district officials want to wait for a while due to the virus outbreak in order to see how many applications are received.
Day said district officials are looking for someone who can “build positive relationships, exhibit character and leadership and build a strong foundation for our program.”
The athletic director said previous high school hoop head coaching experience is preferred, but not necessarily a requirement.
“We want to make the best decision for our program,” he said.
Day feels that whoever is hired as the next Lady Monarch head coach will step into a good situation.
“I think this is a great opportunity for a coach,” he said. “We have a good core group of talent returning from last year’s varsity team which can contribute next year.
“We also have some talent coming up from the freshmen and middle school levels,” said Day.
“This is a good coaching position.”

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