Central is targeting an April 22 school board work session as the date to name its winter head coaches for next season. Athletic director Suzanne Crump said she is in the midst of interviews in an effort to choose those coaches.
As part of Muncie Community Schools’ consolidation into one high school, all coaching positions have been re-opened. The Bearcats’ fall head coaches were named in February, headlined by Bearcats football coach Brad Seiss being appointed to lead the program at the consolidated school.
Winter positions are the next priority, and Crump said she has been pleased with the pool of applicants she has received for the positions, a pool that includes both internal and external candidates. She said the process has been going well so far, just like the fall hiring cycle.
“It’s very good,” Crump said. “Like I said in the fall, we’ve got some great internal coaches, already. I think we also have some good external candidates out there. So I think we have a good coaching talent pool to choose from. And we’ll have a great coaching staff once it gets put together, as far as the head coaches go. And then we’ll allow them to work on getting their assistant coaches in place.”
Crump said the boys basketball coaching position has drawn particular interest. The merger means two programs with a combined nine state championships will be brought together, eight from Central and one from Southside. MCS recently announced the nine banners will hang side-by-side in Muncie Fieldhouse.
Central is coming off an 11-12 season that ended with an appearance in the championship game of the Class 3A Blackford Regional. Southside went 2-18 this season.
“We have good applicants across the board, I think, and again, in that particular sport we do as well,” Crump said. “So it’s going well, and the only thing I really can tell you is that the interview process is going to take place and is taking place. And we’ll make the decision ready for that (April 22) board meeting.”