Monday Mar 23 2009
Colfax High still has coaching vacancies
By: Mike Ray, Gold Country News Services
Boys varsity hoop coach could be named this week
Nearly a month removed from the close of the winter sports seasons, Colfax High officials are slowly but surely trying to move closer to filling three varsity coaching positions at the school. However, in at least two of the instances, the Colfax High administration will most likely face rebuttals from parent-led groups for the school not rehiring two coaches who have been in place for eight and five years respectively. According to Colfax High principal Rick Spears, the school, in accordance with the Placer Union High School District board, is currently involved “in the process” regarding the school’s decision not to retain longtime girls basketball coach Dan Hicks and wrestling coach Jerry Sinkey. However, Spears did report that the announcement of a new varsity boys basketball coach is forthcoming. “We should have the new boys coach in place by the end of the week,” said Spears. “The position closed in the district last week so we’re getting closer.” The boys basketball coaching position became open when longtime Colfax boys coach Ron Pucci, who coached 19 years at the varsity level and over 30 years at Colfax overall, announced that he is retiring in June from a 35-year teaching career. Filling the girls basketball and wrestling positions, however, may not be as easy. At last week’s March meeting of the PUHSD board, a group of parents, players and former players rallied their support for Hicks, who despite leading the Lady Falcons to Arco Arena four times in the past eight years and won two CIF championships, was not retained. In the wrestling situation, parent spokesperson Bill Petersen noted that a parent support group backing Sinkey met last week and has a spot on the PUHSD board meeting set for April 14. “There’s a lot more here than just retaining a wrestling coach,” said Petersen. “We’re facing increasing use of facility fees for our youth program, the school is not retaining coaches, a lot of what we’re trying to do is ask the question, why.” Sinkey faced a similar bid to remove him following the 2006 season but retained his position after gathering a huge deal of support from the athletes, parents and the community which generated heavy regional media coverage.