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Search on for new hoops coach

About three weeks ago, it appeared Halifax County High School was on course with a new head varsity boys basketball coach in Halifax County native Ralph Traynham. Now, the search for a head basketball coach is on once again.

As a result of recently arisen issues, Traynham will not be the Comets’ coach and will not be employed at the school as a health and physical education teacher.

“We thought we had a good candidate, but some personal things came up whereby the individual (Traynham) has chosen not to continue the process of acquiring the position,” Halifax County High School Principal Albert T. Randolph said Friday.

As a result, school officials have renewed their search for a head varsity boys basketball coach and health and physical education teacher.

“We are making contact with some of the applicants that were finalists for the position and are reviewing other applicants that have expressed an interest in the position since this has come about,” Randolph explained.

“The advertisement (for the coaching position) is still on the school division’s website as well as on the Virginia High School League website.”

Randolph said he is also considering appointing an interim coach for the upcoming 2010-2011 season, a move that would give school officials a larger window of time to examine additional coaching prospects.

“It will give us an opportunity to look at that individual (the interim coach) and others on the staff to see if we have someone that can step up with the leadership needed to take on this program,” Randolph pointed out.

The Halifax County High School principal said that while no definite deadline for filling the coaching vacancy has been set, he wants to move forward as quickly as possible.

“We have not set a definite date of acquiring a basketball coach,” Randolph pointed out.

“It’s our goal to have someone, either an interim coach or a head coach, in place within two weeks.”

Randolph declined to disclose the number of individuals currently under consideration for the coaching vacancy.

Originally, there were 17 applicants for the Halifax County High School coaching vacancy.

“We narrowed that down to six (applicants) and made contacts with and interviewed five of the six,” Randolph explained.

“One of the six (applicants) chose not to continue in the interview process.”

Randolph said he is appreciative of the work and efforts of the school’s basketball coaching staff to maintain progress within the basketball program.

“Several of our assistant coaches have been in place for a number of years and that has been a real plus for us to be able to maintain the program and continue to have some reasonable success,” he pointed out.

“They have continued with the summer camps and conditioning program and are working to keep the basketball program moving forward.”