Seven of the eight coaching positions at Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC) have been filled with the exception of the senior boys basketball team.
The team is in jeopardy of folding despite strong interest from athletes, says athletic director Paula Chapman. For many years, Blaine Haines had filled the position along with his regular teaching duties and Chapman said it has been a challenge finding a person interested to take over. Thirty-two players have signed up for tryouts for the senior and JV teams, slated for tryouts next week.
“It’s significant enough that we could easily run the two teams,” said Chapman.
However, coaches need to make a decision by Thursday, Oct. 29 whether to keep the team or cut it out of programming.
While there is quite a bit of time needed to coach, PSC has invested money to give them training and a school staff member will act as a liaison between the coaches and students to ensure athletes stay on track with their education. It’s a program that has worked well with the JV girls volleyball team, says Chapman.
There are other benefits to coaching besides the training: “To be able to have that connection with youth. To be able to be a role model and mentor.”
Chapman said the extra curricular activities at the school create a positive culture and environment and she hopes the position can be filled.
The season starts the first week of December and runs until the beginning of March. Chapman says if anyone is interested, she can be reached at 403-783-4411 or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.