Basketball coach positions finalized; superintendent’s resignation official
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Four basketball coaches were hired, and Supt. Brad Schoeppey’s resignation received a formal vote at Tuesday’s CCS board of education meeting.
The junior high girls’ basketball team will have a pair of new coaches this season, both non-staff members.
Alex McNair will serve as head coach of the junior high girls’ team while Brian Strand will be the assistant coach.
They replace Bruce Vires and Al Zuege who coached the girls last year. Zuege retired from teaching and Vires’ resignation as coach gained board approval earlier this year.
Matt Hanna and Scott Way will return as high school boys’ basketball assistant coaches, receiving board approved Tuesday night. They will work with Head Boys Coach Carl Zuege.
Their counterparts as high school girls’ coaches this season are Head Coach Mark Bottom and Asst. Coach Jeff Gleisberg, the new grade 7-12 industrial arts teacher on staff this year.
Bottom moves up to the head coaching spot for the Lady Longhorns after serving as assistant coach last season.
Rounding out the basketball coaching assignments this year at CCS are Dan Lenners and Trent Herbert, who are coaching the junior high boys.
During his report, Activities Director Troy Hauxwell said it’s estimated at this point 27 girls and 31 to 33 boys will be out for high school basketball, and another 15 vying for spots on the wresting team. Winter sports practices can start on Monday.
Other hirings approved Tuesday night included Rebecca Koellner, instructional aide; Stacy Towns and Al Zuege, bus drivers; and Jodie Liess, assistant one-act play coach.
Schoeppey said as soon as the two bus drivers come on board after completing some testing and meeting other requirements, CCS will have those openings filled. The school has been operating short of two drivers.
On the other end, board members formally approved the resignation of Schoeppey as superintendent.
At the end of last month’s meeting, Schoeppey read a letter of resignation from the job. Board members could not act on it last month because it was not on the agenda.
Schoeppey is in his third school year as superintendent. The board has started a search process. They are using a search service through the Nebraska School Boards Association at a cost to the district of $6,000.
The board also approved the resignation of Ruby Valencia as activities custodian. Schoeppey said they’ve had little interest so far in filling the position. Board members suggested the advertising include the starting wage, which is $11 an hour.