Hollingsworth fills girls basketball coaching vacancy
FARMER’S KORNER – Dylan Hollingsworth’s life just got a lot busier. The Summit High school history teacher and football coach was recently named as girls varsity basketball coach by SHS athletic director Gretchen Nies.Hollingsworth, who has 10 years of basketball coaching experience under his belt, will succeed two-year coach Jeff Neal.
“My passion prior to coming to Summit County was girls basketball,” Hollingsworth said. “It’s something I did in Wyoming, and it’s something I love to do.”Hollingsworth is familiar with the Lady Tigers’ program after coaching its JV squad last year.”That’s one advantage I have,” he said. “I know what we have and where we’re headed.”The Tigers seem to be heading towards a rebuilding process after losing four starters following their 17-8 season.
“(Neal) did a good job, but the program has lost a lot of skilled players,” Hollingsworth said. “We have to find our identity as a team. In the long run, I think there will be a great relationship between myself and the players as well as myself and the football players.”Hollingsworth said coaching two “majors” is a challenge he won’t take lightly.”I don’t want to cheat either sport,” he said. “I didn’t throw my name in for awhile because I had to figure out if I could make this work. The big thing was talking with my football coaching staff. I wouldn’t have been able to pursue this if they weren’t willing to take on more responsibilities.”
Hollingsworth has bolstered his gridiron staff by adding Fred Koetteritz as an assistant and Kirk Shoop as the JV coach.Current football assistant Tom Dickey has been named as the girls JV basketball coach. Hollingsworth is hoping to round out his basketball staff soon.”I will be delegating a lot,” he said. “I know the Xs and 0s, I know how to motivate kids and keep things organized. But I can’t do it alone.”
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