Bears making big changes in key positions for 2011-12
by Dennis Sharkey
Some big changes are coming for key positions within the Oskaloosa high school sporting landscape.
Oskaloosa USD 341 Superintendent Jon Pfau said last week that board members will be looking at replacements for head volleyball coach and head boys’ basketball coach when they meet next week.
Tosha Landau guided the Lady Bears to their first state title in volleyball last season and had taken the team to back-to-back appearances in the state tournament.
Pfau said Landau, who is also a first grade teacher in the district, is currently on maternity leave after recently giving birth and is looking for some time away from coaching.
“That’s a key position,” Pfau said. “We’ll try to carry on some tradition.”
Board members will also be looking for a replacement for boys’ basketball Head Coach Rod Stottlemire.
Pfau said Stottlemire, who is also assistant head coach for the Bears’ football team and head baseball coach, had a full plate and needed to step back a bit.
“He did a great job for us and we’re really going to miss him,” Pfau said.
Pfau said at this point there are no other plans and that he expects Stottlemire to remain in his two other coaching positions.
Pfau said decisions about the spring coaching staffs will not be made until June. Scott Whaley is expected to remain head football coach as well as head coach for the girls’ basketball team. Jared Bammes is expected to return to coach the wresting team.
Pfau also said plans are being finalized for new signs that boast the school’s state championships.
The board has decided on a design and now school officials are in the phase of seeking approval for placement.
Pfau said the plan is for three signs. One to greet travelers from the west, the north and another sign for travelers coming from the south and east.
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