May 24, 2005
There will be a host of different coaches next year at Skyline High, a year the Coyotes are part of the newly formed 5A Division II ranks.
The boys and girls basketball coaches will be new, with Patrick Dunn, the boys junior varsity coach last year, taking over as the girls varsity coach. Dunn replaces Kirk Thomas, who resigned a couple of months ago. Art Hall, who stepped down as boys coach in February, has already been replaced by Michael Wirth, who coached at Maricopa High last season.
Last week, Skyline spring coaches Garye LaFevers (baseball) and Bill Roberts (softball) stepped down. Roberts was chosen coach of the year in the East Valley Region this past season and guided the team to its first state playoff berth ever. LaFevers is the only varsity baseball coach the school has had. Skyline also needs a girls varsity volleyball coach and girls junior varsity volleyball coach.
"It’s getting tougher to get coaches and tougher to keep them," Mesa district athletic director Steve Hogen said. "There are a lot of openings. More than we’re used to."
The situation isn’t just peculiar to Skyline in the Mesa district. Dobson is searching for a boys volleyball coach, wrestling coach and football assistant for the varsity.
Mesa High needs coaches for girls varsity tennis, girls soccer, cross country, and boys and girls junior varsity soccer, plus assistants for track and field and an athletic trainer. Red Mountain has an opening for boys and girls volleyball now that longtime coach Jayne Radu has stepped down from both positions. Westwood needs a boys track coach, softball coach, JV football coach and a baseball assistant. Mountain View needs JV boys and girls basketball coaches and a badminton coach.
MORE COACHES HONORED
Cross country coaches were not the only winners Sunday at the Arizona Coaches Association banquet at the Holiday Inn in Mesa. Other local coaches selected coach of the year for their sports were: Horizon’s Valorie McKenzie (5A girls volleyball); Highland’s Miner Webster (5A girls basketball); Scottsdale Christian’s Bob Fredericks (2A boys basketball); Mountain View’s Gary Ernst (5A boys basketball); Highland’s Abel Figueroa (5A wrestling) and Scottsdale Christian’s Bill Swift (2A baseball).