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Preps: Coaching changes around the region

Mead boys cross country, which for many years was the standard for success in the 4A ranks first under Pat Tyson and then under Steve Kiesel, is in need of a coach.

Kiesel resigned after 10 years to spend more time with his family, Mead athletic director John Barrington said. Under Kiesel, Mead won state championships in 2007 and 2008 and finished runner-up in his first season.

“We appreciate the amount of time he spent with kids, promoting the sport and kids,” Barrington said. “We want to replace him with somebody that does as good and more.”

Barrington said applications are being accepted. Anyone seeking more information can call Barrington at 465-7011.

There are wholesale changes at West Valley.

Longtime girls basketball coach Lorin Carlon has retired and longtime boys basketball assistant Rick Jones will take over.

In wrestling, Mike Bundy has resigned to pursue business interests. Former WV head coach Geoff Hensley returns.

In volleyball, Julie Yearout has stepped down. McKinzie Turner, who coached Oakesdale to a 1B state title last year, has been named Yearout’s replacement. Turner was a student teacher at WV this year.

Timberlake athletic director Tim Cronnelly is taking another job – just down the road as it turns out.

Cronnelly is moving on to Lakeland, replacing Trent Derrick who is taking over as principal.

Cronnelly spent 12 years as AD at Timberlake. The benefit of moving to Lakeland is he will be a full-time AD. At Timberlake he had to teach two classes in addition to administrative duties.

“Timberlake has been great,” Cronnelly said. “I’m lucky to get another job without having to move.”

Cronnelly will have to drive by Timberlake on his way to Lakeland. And he’ll have to change is wardrobe.

“Over 90 percent of my stuff is Timberlake stuff,” Cronnelly said. “I might have to have a garage sale. My Timberlake colleagues tell me I’m not going to look good in green. The problem isn’t the clothes. I don’t look good in anything.”

Lakeland has replaced its boys soccer and volleyball coaches.

Dylan Stiegemeier takes over in boys soccer for Andrew Craig and Adriano De Sousa replaces Kylee Garitone in volleyball.

Chewelah AD Pat Gaffney has filled three positions and is trying to fill a fourth.

Levi Hogan takes over in football, Tyler Goldman in boys basketball and Sawyer Bardwell in baseball. Chewelah is looking for a wrestling coach.

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