EAST LIVERPOOL - The Potters are looking to fill some holes in the girls basketball program.
Emily Reed recently resigned her position as the East Liverpool girls varsity head coach, and the district has now posted vacancies at all positions from varsity down to the junior high level.
Reed spent the last two seasons with the Potters.
"My choice to take a break from coaching is a personal decision in order to spend more time with my family, concentrate on my teaching career and pursue my masters degree,"?Reed said.
A 2003 Edison graduate, Reed played college basketball at Wheeling Jesuit before spending a season coaching in Belize, South America.
"My coaching experience at East Liverpool has been a memorable one," Reed said. "I'm honored to have worked with such dedicated and respectful student athletes."
Reed led the Potters to an 11-10 record her first season which was a seven-game improvement over the 4-14 mark Tony Tomaselli posted in his final year with East Liverpool.
This season, the Potters got off to a 9-1 start and finished the season at 13-7.
"I think the program is headed in the right direction due to the effort from the coaches to concentrate on fundamentals and emphasize knowledge of the game. It's not going to happen overnight, but the foundation is being set for a successful future."
The next Potters coach will be without the services of three key seniors who will graduate this summer in Mallory Waggle (14.7 points per game), Whittni Davidson (13.3) and Kelsie Wymer (8.0).
According to East Liverpool Athletic Director Bob Shanksy, the job listings for head coaches - varsity, junior varsity, freshman and junior high - were already posted in-house without any applicants.
"The coaches we had still may come back," he said. "None of them work for the school district so they have to wait until the job is posted here and then goes out to the public."
Last season, Breaca Boyd was Reed's varsity assistant, while Kelsey Rickerd was the junior varsity coach and Liz Connor was the freshman coach.
The junior high squads were led by Kat Ammon (8th grade) and Annie Hank (7th grade).
"It's up to them if they want to re-apply," Shansky said. "I imagine they'll want to wait and see who the new head coach is first, then apply. And one of them may apply to be the head coach. Who knows?"
All interested parties are asked to apply through the office of the superintendent by April 12.