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Chesy seeks input on new coach

CHESAPEAKE — If you were hiring a new head basketball coach, what kind of qualities would you want?

That’s what administrators at Chesapeake High School are asking as they begin a search for a boys’ coach.

Chesapeake principal Joe Rase said an athletic advisory committee will be asking people in the community for input in the hiring of a new coach, but the committee will not be making the final decision regarding the hiring.

“We’re giving the community an opportunity to voice their opinion,” Rase said. “There is no committee. We’re just asking for what the people want.”

Interim superintendent John Hayes, athletic director Chris Smith and Rase are currently in charge of the project. Hayes said additional members could be added.

“We want to create a profile for what we want in our next coach. We’re depending on the community for what they want,” said Hayes.

The advisory committee will have input as well, Rase said.

The job became vacant on Jan. 5 with newly hired Ron Reed resigned. He replaced 21-year veteran head coach Norm Persin who left just before school began to take a similar position in Oak Hill.

Bryan Wells served as the interim coach.

The job was posted Friday and the board of education will accept applications until April 6.