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Storm job drawing familiar faces

High school football

Bureau Valley has yet to interview for a head varsity football coach, but it is a vacancy drawing much interest and familiar faces.

Principal Eric Lawson said BV is still taking applicants for the job and has a committee formed for the hiring process. At this time, he said, there has been no interviews set.

“We don’t want to hurry and rush things. It’s a valuable position at Bureau Valley and we want to make sure we do due diligence to get the right person in place,” he said.

Lawson added the coach could be hired at the April board meeting. The new coach will take over for Jeff Ohlson, who resigned in January, to concentrate on his teaching and athletic director positions.

Lawson said there has been 20 applicants for the job. He confirmed two applicants that have been talked about in and around the Bureau Valley community - former Storm coach Jason Kirby and Manlius native Spencer Davis.

Kirby coached the Storm to a state-title game appearance in 2004, capping a five-year run at BV in which he had four playoff qualifiers and a 41-15 record. Since his departure, he has coached at Herrin (2005), Sherrard (2006-09), Rockridge (2010-12) and is presently at Canton. He attended the Feb. 21 home BV basketball game.

Davis is a 1993 alumnus of Manlius High School and all-conference quarterback for Ken Bourquin’s Red Devils. He has been a successful youth coach in Princeton.

LaSalle-Peru is also in search of a new football coach following the resignation of Joe Sassano last month.

• In other high school athletic news, principals of the Three Rivers Athletic Conference will meet Thursday with the hot topic of league formation on the table. The TRAC is switching from North and South divisions to East and West for all sports except football for the 2014-15 school year. There will be heavy discussion going to one league and not having divisions

Lawson anticipates the vote to be very close.

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