Waverly is reshuffling its girls basketball coaching staff again as a result of varsity head coach Dan Carr taking a medical leave of absence.
The Warriors’ junior varsity coach T.J. Hawkins will replace Matt Oppenheim as the interim varsity head coach for the length of Carr’s leave, which is expected to last the rest of the season due to an illness that has yet to be diagnosed.
Oppenheim led the team for four games, going 2-2 and will return to the bench as a varsity assistant to Hawkins.
“I have no absolutely problem with this whatsoever,” Oppenheim said. “T.J. is a great coach, he’ll do a great job. It’s all about what’s best for the kids.”
Junior varsity assistant coach Lance Berrier will take the reins of the JV team.
Hawkins, like Carr, is in his first year at Waverly and was the other finalist with Carr for the permanent varsity head coaching job last spring.
Waverly athletic director Chris Huff said that Hawkins was the first one offered the interim varsity job when Carr took his medical leave, but declined under the assumption that he would also have to retain his duties with the junior varsity team.
Huff said that when that was cleared up, Hawkins accepted the varsity interim position.
“It was just a miscommunication,” Huff said. “It’s great that everybody is being so professional about it, that says a lot about the sort of people we have here at Waverly.”