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June 4, 2014

CPS Board to hear football, basketball recommendations

CHICKASHA —

The search for varsity coaches at Chickasha could soon come to an end with recommendations expected to be made to the Board of Education on Monday.

The Fightin' Chicks are currently searching for a head football coach after Tom Cobble resigned two weeks ago. Also within that time, head boys basketball coach Nathan Pennypacker submitted his resignation after just one season with the team.

Athletic Director Yohance Brown said he plans on having recommendations for both positions ready for the Board at their next meeting on June 9.

"I plan on making recommendations Monday evening," Brown said. "Football is two months away, so that is a big priority."

This followed Scott Parkinson stepping down from the boys soccer position to take a job as an assistant coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan, as well as Christy Edelen announcing in March that she would be leaving the girls basketball program to join her husband at Arapaho Schools where he was named superintendent.

Kirk Reimers was appointed to coach the girls, but boys basketball, soccer and football remain without a coach.

Brown said he wants to focus on filling football and basketball positions first, since those sports come up first on the 2014-15 calendar. Parkinson and girls soccer coach Bethany Goble are currently running the program-sponsored soccer camp this week.

While the reasons for Parkinson's and Edelen's departures are straight-forward, Cobble and Pennypackers' decisions to leave are less so. Cobble said he wants to pursue opportunities "outside of education." Pennypacker had not returned phone calls as of press time.

Filling head coaching positions in football and basketball in one summer is a rare occurrence, but it's not unheard of, Brown said.

"I'm trying to remember when I've had to fill both football and basketball head coaching positions at the same time, and it's happened before," Brown said. "I wish there was a singular reason, but there's not. It's part of my job, as well as the superintendent's job, to make sure this is a place that not only people want to come and work, but also a place they want to stay in."

Normal protocol for hiring takes weeks to give applicants time to put their name out there, go through the interview process, and for the shortlist to be narrowed down. Time constraints for the Chickasha football and basketball positions mean that process has been sped up, Brown said.

"Normally, you're not under such time constraints," Brown said. "When time is more of an issue, that process is sped up."

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