In years past, Moffat County Athletics Director Jim Loughran has spent his summer filling coaching vacancies. Unless there are some unforeseen surprises, Loughran will have a little more time for fun in the sun this summer.
Loughran finished his summer homework early in the final week of school by filling coaching vacancies for the baseball and girls track teams.
Rich Sadvar and Todd Trapp, both assistants with their respective teams this year, were hired as head coaches.
"It's a good situation when the coach already knows the kids and is already involved in the process," Loughran said about hiring assistants.
Sadvar, a 1988 Moffat County graduate, has been a Bulldogs assistant coach for two seasons.
"The biggest thing for us will be to find a shortstop this summer," Sadvar said. "To reach the high goals they've set for next year, they'll need to work on weaknesses and improve strengths this summer as well."
Sadvar replaced Scott Parker, who moved from head baseball coach to boys basketball coach.
"It's a benefit for me that I've seen them play," Sadvar said. "But I want them to prove to me, even if they were on varsity this year, that they have earned that varsity spot. I appreciate (Loughran's) confidence in my philosophy."
Trapp is taking over as the girls track coach after Vicki Haddan resigned when she accepted a job with the Moffat County School District administration office for next year. She had worked in the high school library.
"We're losing a good coach in Vicki," Loughran said. "But I think coach Trapp will be able to pick up where she left off."
Trapp has been an assistant cross-country and track coach for the past three years.
"I've already coached and know most of the girls," Trapp said. "They understand that I like to have fun, but when it comes time, I take it serious."
Loughran's job placement isn't complete, but it's close. He is looking to find a candidate to replace him as the girls soccer coach, and he said there was one resignation that was pending, which would open up a head position.
"I hope there won't be any surprises this summer," he said. "You never know though."