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Wanted: New hoops coach for Halifax County High School

Halifax County High School officials are searching for a new head coach for the Comets varsity boys basketball team.

Halifax County High School Athletic Director Allen Lawter said Friday that James McDaniel, who had served as the Comets’ coach last season, recently resigned from both his teaching and coaching positions in the Halifax County school system and has accepted a job in another school system.

Lawter said that not only is the school looking for a new head varsity boys basketball coach, the school may also look to place someone in McDaniel’s position as an assistant coach on the varsity football team.

McDaniel served as the Comets’ coach for one season, with last year’s Comets team finishing 6-13 overall in the regular season and 2-6 in Western Valley District play. The Comets lost to regular-season champion Patrick Henry High School in the semi-finals of the Western Valley District Tournament.

Halifax County High School has now had three different head varsity boys basketball coaches over the course of the past six seasons. During the past six seasons, Comets basketball teams have compiled a 52-74 slate in regular-season play.

Lawter said an advertisement about the coaching position was put out last week.

“We’ve received three or four applications so far,” Lawter said Friday.

“That’s not bad since the notice went out just last week.”

The Halifax County High School Athletic Director said some interviews have already been conducted.

“We’re interviewing people as we get applications,” Lawter noted.

Lawter pointed out that through the process, school officials have to keep in mind what teaching positions are available.

“There are not a lot of teaching positions out there,” Lawter said.

“It’s not just about the number of positions, we also have to consider the types of positions available.”

Lawter said that with the school system’s teachers returning to work in early August, school officials are hoping to be able to select a coach by the end of the month and have the Halifax County School Board approve the selection at its August meeting.

“We hope we can select a new coach, get all of the necessary paperwork done and be in a position to make a recommendation to the Halifax County School Board at iuts August meeting,” Lawter concluded.