With the football vacancy filled and the hockey situation making a relatively smooth transition, Athletic Director Steven Phelps still has to hire coaches for girls basketball and boys lacrosse.
And the searches will intensify once the balance of the teams report for practice on Saturday. Football workouts began on Monday.
Phelps said he and Principal Eric Baim are heading up the basketball search committee and it will begin interviewing candidates this week and next. He said two finalists will be brought back. Coach Craig Archambault resigned over the summer.
Phelps said the search for a new boys lacrosse coach will commence soon. He said "it is a matter of getting a number of quality applications, which translates into RHS seeking someone willing to give the program a long-term commitment.
He said school officials eventually want to be able to start a girls program. The Vernon Lacrosse Association has already begun a girls program that can feed players into a new high school system.
Rob Scholtz was hired as football coach over the summer.
Hockey has a major new look, but under the same coach. In May, RHS officials announced that the partnership with Stafford and Manchester just wasn't producing enough numbers and that it was seeking to form a partnership with Bolton and Coventry. The two schools were also looking for a new co-op participant.
The Board of Education quickly approved the plan, as did the board from the other towns.
The co-op then approved Rockville's Christian Stevenson as coach. Stevenson coached Rockville-Manchester-Stafford to the state tournament last season. Officials from all three schools are working on a new color scheme and nickname.
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