South River football coach Mike Heatherly resigned earlier this week after one 5-5 season, leaving the Edgewater school with its fifth fall-season coaching vacancy, Athletic Director Jim Haluck said Thursday. Heatherly is moving back to Colorado to spend more time with family, and South River was accepting applications for his replacement through yesterday.
The next Seahawks football coach will be the fourth in six seasons, and Haluck is determined to establish consistency for the program. "I want somebody who is going to be here for a while. That's the biggest thing," Haluck said. "I'm tired of hiring football coaches."
Three other fall coaching vacancies already have been filled by former assistants: In field hockey, Julie Corcoran replaced Laura Hoffner; Mike Aman took over for Keith Fontaine in girls' soccer; and Lewis Schrumm succeeded Hillory Dean in boys' soccer. The school has yet to hire a replacement for former cross-country coach Hugh Harris.
All four of those departed coaches, Haluck said, left because they wanted more time to spend on work or with family.
"It's not a great situation, to have that many people leaving, but all of them have good reasons," Haluck said. "It's not like we have coaches who just don't want to be here. Everybody has some things in their lives that are a little more important."
-- Eli Saslow