Eastside AD looks for new head baseball coach

COVINGTON -- Even though it's been less than a week since the Eastside head baseball position opened up, Eagles athletic director Bruce McColumn already has quite a few resumes to look through.

The problem is finding a teacher who can coach rather than a coach who can teach.

"People have to realize that we have to get a teacher first. That's the hardest thing about filling coaching positions, period," McColumn said. "We have teaching vacancies that we have to select our coaches from. Sometimes there's a good mesh where the best coach is in that certification or we have to make some provision. Most of the coaches are coming with P.E. backgrounds. It's hard because P.E. (position) is a hot commodity."

If this had happened at the end of the school year, it would have been easier on McColumn considering that Eastside had 10 teaching positions available. As it stands now, Eastside is down to two teaching positions it must fit a coach into. But it's nothing that McColumn and the Eastside administration can't handle. The last head coaching vacancy they had to fill, boys basketball, turned out to be a perfect fit.

"Again, it's filling that teaching position first. We were fortunate that when we hired Greg (Freeman) as our basketball coach, we needed a literature teacher," McColumn said. "It so happens that he's one of the best American Lit teachers we have, plus he's a great coach, so it was a perfect fit."

As of Tuesday, McColumn had received seven resumes in his email. The fact that they are coming in quickly is a good thing. McColumn went on to add that two of last year's assistant coaches, Casey Rider and David Allen, resigned at the end of the season.

Even though none of the resumes McColumn received were from within the system, he feels that once word spreads of the opening, it may change.

"People from outside the county look at the website more than people in the system," he said. "A lot of people in the county may not know the position exists yet."

While McColumn was taken back a little when he found out that he no longer had a head baseball coach, he knows that everything will work out for the best.

"That's just the nature of the beast," McColumn said. "I'm not complaining."