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Posted July 29, 2009 | Copyright © The Northern Virginia Daily
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Skyline searching for new AD; girls hoops coach hired

By Tommy Keeler Jr. -- tkeeler@nvdaily.com

FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline has filled its girls basketball head coaching position, but now has an even larger void to fill.

The school is searching for an athletic director, which had been held by Mike Patierno for the school's first two years. Skyline principal Andrew Keller confirmed on Tuesday that Patierno was no longer the AD and the position is open.

Keller said he could not comment on whether it was Patierno's decision or the school's, saying only that it is a "personnel issue."

Jim Kenney is the new girls basketball coach at Skyline, after recently being approved by the Warren County School Board. Kenney takes over for Andrew Lacey, who stepped down in early June to take the head coaching job at North Stafford.

"We wanted to find someone who could continue to grow the program that Andrew Lacey started," Keller said. "I think he is the best fit for the job."

Lacey took the program from its infancy and in two years turned it into a regional qualifier. The Hawks went 14-12 last season and advanced to the Region II, Division 3 quarterfinals, where they lost to Handley.

Kenney, who did not return calls to The Northern Virginia Daily on Tuesday, has been part of Warren County's basketball programs for the last 12 years. He was an assistant coach at the varsity level in Warren County's boys basketball program and also the freshman and JV coach for Warren County's boys. He has also coached 7th, 8th grade and JV girls basketball at Warren County.

Keller said Kenney already has taught and coached some of the Skyline players while at Warren County, which helped make Kenney a logical fit for the third-year program.

"He already has developed a relationship with many of them, because many of the players have already been through his class," Keller said. "I think that will help make the overall transition easier."

Keller said the responsibilities of the athletic director are being fulfilled on an interim basis by a number of people from different departments at Skyline, but declined to identify them.

Patierno also declined comment.

Patierno took over as Skyline's AD two years ago after the school split with Warren County. He's guided an athletic program that has had success across the board, including a 7-3 record by the football team last season and the boys and girls basketball teams advancing to regional play.

Warren County Public Schools Director of Activities Buck Smith said the job was posted on July 23, but like Keller had no comment on why Patierno is no longer the AD.

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