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Search ongoing for new MCHS volleyball coach

Ben Bulkeley

For the time being, Moffat County High School is happy to play the waiting game when it comes to hiring a new head volleyball coach, athletic director Richard Wildenhaus said.

That's because the vacancy created when former coach Brianna Montgomery-Braun resigned in April has received the attention of several well-qualified coaches, Wildenhaus said.

The school's final decision, which should come before July 1, depends on who is brought into the district, Wildenhaus said.

"Right now, we are waiting to see how hiring for teaching and counselor jobs shake out," he said. "We'll see how it all works out in the coming weeks."

The head coach vacancy was created when Montgomery-Braun announced she would be stepping down for personal reasons.

In her four years, Montgomery-Braun led the Bulldogs to a 38-40 overall record, including a 9-14 mark last season.

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She was named the Western Slope League coach of the year in 2007.

Although Montgomery-Braun submitted her resignation late in the school year, Wildenhaus said he wasn't worried about finding a replacement to take over at summer camps and workouts.

"We are sitting in a good position," he said. "We have a lot of good candidates who all want the job. We have a situation to get a really good coach — we'll have our pick."

The team will not be rudderless, however, while it awaits word on its next coach.

Assistant coach Rebecca Otterman is guiding the team during summer practices, and will return next fall in a similar role.

There are about 10 qualified applicants vying for the top job, Wildenhaus said.

The one who will be picked ideally will be able to guide the team back to the playoffs and teach the basics of the game, Wildenhaus said.

"Our ideal candidate is someone with high school coaching experience," he said. "(Someone) who can relate well to our girls and get the game across in an effective way."

Wildenhaus said most of the coaching candidates are coming from outside the district.

"I have a few very qualified and highly recommended coaches coming from other schools," he said. "Instead of just going with the first person to walk through the door, we're going to hold off and make sure we get the best coach we can."

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