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NW likely to name coach tonight

Vacancies at Nanticoke and Tunkhannock are expected to be filled by mid-February.

One area high school will likely hire its varsity football coach tonight and two other schools should have their head coaches in place by mid-February, according to their athletic directors.

Nanticoke, Northwest and Tunkhannock have been without coaches since shortly after the 2007 season was completed. Nanticoke coach Bob Colatosti had his position opened and decided not to reapply. Northwest’s Randy Yaple and Tunkhannock’s Steve Jervis resigned for personal reasons.

Northwest is expected to appoint a coach at tonight’s school board meeting. Northwest athletic director Mark Konopki said the school had eight applicants and six were interviewed.

Tunkhannock has a school board meeting tomorrow, but athletic director Morris Jackson said the interviewing process was still going on. Jackson said he couldn’t release the number of people who applied or how many candidates will be interviewed.

“All I can say is it’s a decent amount (who applied),” Jackson said. “In the double-digits.”

Jackson said the school board will probably appoint a new coach in early February at a special meeting.

Nanticoke had approximately 15 applicants and about 12 will be interviewed, said athletic director Jerry Bavitz. Interviews will begin tonight.

“The coaches will be in the school (tonight) and Thursday night and we’ll go from there,” Bavitz said.

Bavitz said the next school board meeting is Feb. 14 and if all goes as planned, a coach will likely be named then.

Northwest is the smallest of the schools but has been the most successful in recent years. The Rangers, who are a Class A team, have posted five consecutive winning seasons in Yaple’s six years as coach. They have qualified for the District 2 Class A tournament five times.

Tunkhannock ended up 5-6 this past season under Jervis, marking the ninth consecutive season the Tigers have finished with a losing record. However, the program has made strides recently, qualifying for the District 2 Class 3A tournament in 2006 and the Eastern Conference Class 3A tournament this past season.

Nanticoke was 0-10 this past season and its 11-game losing streak is the second longest in District 2 to Western Wayne’s 40 consecutive losses. The Trojans are 7-43 during the past five years and haven’t made the postseason since 1999.

Pittston Area was the other school with an opening. It hired Tony “Dip” Donato, former head coach at Abington Heights and North Pocono, to replace Lon Hazlet.

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