INDEPENDENCE -- Central administrators have moved quickly to fill three vacancies on the high school coaching staff.
Derryl Franz has been named CHS's girls basketball coach, replacing Ron Caligure. Assistant track coach Eli Cirino has been promoted to replace former head coach Tim Conley. Ex-Oregon State cheerleader Amy Hudspeth will take over for Diane Risen as the cheerleading coach.
Franz has a wealth of coaching experience at various different levels both abroad and in the United States. He coached the 2001-2002 season at Dallas and has directed a team at Talmadge the past two seasons.
"One of the big things Derryl had to offer was we didn't have a teaching position to go with it," CHS athletic director Shane Hedrick said. "Derryl's a retired teacher/coach living right here in the community. That was huge right there. The second area of emphasis was to find the most qualified coach. Out of all the candidates we had, he was by far the most qualified. He's coached in high school. He's coached in college. He's even coached at the professional level.
"Plus, he had already been coaching here in the district at Talmadge. We were able to follow him there. It's not often you get that kind of background on a coach. Usually, it's just word-of-mouth. We were able to watch him first-hand in game situations. We're very excited about that."
Conley has elected to accept a teaching position at Redmond High School. The Panthers have a ready-made replacement in Cirino, who has been an assistant in the program since 2002.
"He's an assistant coach who's proven his abilities to us," Hedrick said. "When we can promote coaches from within the program, that's something we like to do.
"Like most young coaches, he'll bring a lot of enthusiasm and energy. Coaching takes a lot out of you. He also teaches in the PE department and has contact with a lot of kids. His ability to recruit kids who haven't come out in the past with be enhanced by his contact with PE students."
Hudspeth is completing the Masters in Teaching Arts program and will be working at CHS in the fall as a student-teacher.
"We like having somebody in the building who'll have contact with the kids," Hedrick said. "That'll be a real plus for us. There are several other things she'll bring to the table. One -- she'll be young and enthusiastic. She also be able to bring the latest techniques in cheerleading.
"Everybody we talked to just had glowing remarks on what she stands for. We're excited about that. We're going to move forward and focus on the kids again."