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Hall fills two jobs with one hire

Hall High School was able to fill two coaching positions with one hire.

Brian Hollman was hired as math teacher and the new head coach of girls basketball and softball at Hall High School. He comes to Hall from Newark High School, where he was head coach of both sports. Like Hall, Hollman’s Norsemen softball squad will be playing for a regional championship on Saturday.

“We kind of lucked out. We got great recommendations about his math teaching and he’ll be able to coach both sports,” Hall superintendent Mike Struna said. “We’re happy to have him on board.

Hollman, who had been at Newark for six years, said it was a great opportunity to fall at the right time, for him and his wife, who live in Peru.

“I’ve heard lots of great things about what they are trying to do with the new facilities and high school and Mike Struna and Eric Bryant were very receptive and confident as to what was going to happen now and in the future,” he said.

Hollman led the Newark girls basketball team to a 21-7 record and a conference championship last year in his first season as head coach. He had been assistant for five years.

In softball, Hollman was head coach three years and varsity assistant one year, coming over from Norsemen baseball program. They were regional champs in 2013.

At Hall, Hollman will replace longtime softball coach Pete Kasperski, who is retiring at the end of the school year. He becomes the fifth head coach in girls basketball in four years, replacing Josiah Johnston, who resigned after just one year to return to his hometown Canton.

Hollman is a 2004 Seneca High School graduate.

Hollman’s hiring is one of several moves spinning on the coaching carousel as the end of the school year approaches with an eye toward next year.

• John Matlick tried to juggle his two loves, baseball and fatherhood, but found it difficult to do. As a result, he is stepping down as the Bureau Valley head baseball coach as the longest-tenured coach in the program after seven seasons.

Matlick and his wife, Erin, have two children under 20 months old.

“We have two little ones under the age of 2 and before the season we knew it was going to be kind of difficult. Halfway through the season we couldn’t take it anymore,” Matlick said.

Matlick will remain as a PE/health teacher at Bureau Valley North in Walnut. Erin Matlick teaches special education at Buda.

• Mendota named Brent McKinney to take over its girls basketball program. He comes to Mendota from Carthage Illinois West, where he has been assistant girls basketball coach. He previously coached four years at Eastland Richland High School in downstate Olney, where he won four regionals and made two straight Elite Eight runs capped by a fourth-place finish in 2A in 2008-09.

He replaces Kevin Geldon, who resigned last month to take a new position at Rolling Meadows. He will inherit a stocked Lady Trojans team, returning all five starters from last year’s 3A regional champions that went 25-4.

• LaMoille/Ohio volleyball coach Hallie May has picked up additional coaching duties. She was hired as a volleyball coach for Princeton Logan Junior High School. The Logan season is played over the winter with the high school season in the fall.

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