Skyline Athletic Director Bill Cupp and Warren County AD Ed Dike have been busy fielding candidates for a combined nine varsity head coach openings as the 2019-20 school year approaches.
Although both still have several holes to fill, Dike did quickly fill a prominent vacancy in Warren County’s volleyball program a few months back. Lesley Detweiler, the former head volleyball coach at Skyline, was approved in April to take over the same position across town with the Wildcats.
Detweiler replaces Dorinda Robinson, who in three seasons as Warren County’s varsity volleyball coach led the Wildcats to two Virginia High School League Class 3 state tournaments and two Region 3B tournament championships.
Warren County reached its first state title game in 2017 and made it to the state semifinals last season. The Wildcats had a combined record of 42-9 over the past two seasons under Robinson, who stepped down in February.
“The bottom line was, we cut a deal when she first signed on to do it one year. Well, you see how that went,” Dike said of Robinson, who made the jump from junior varsity to varsity in 2016. “That was the plan and she did a super job. She had good people around her. She coordinated the whole thing. She put her whole self into it and she had some great kids, and great parents. She had a lot of support. It went well and as her and I talked about it after the season, these were the kids that she had brought along from JVs. They’re all gone, pretty much. She thought it was a good time to hand it over to somebody else.”
Detweiler, who is Warren County High School’s director of guidance, last served as Skyline’s volleyball coach in 2013. Dike said Detweiler has served as a referee for the past few years.
Dike said he approached Detweiler about coaching the Wildcats in 2019 and she “decided she wanted to get on board.”
“It’s great and the people that she has brought on with her as assistants and JV people are all experienced, especially with parks and rec,” Dike said. “They’ve been bringing these kids up since seventh, eighth and ninth grade, the younger kids that they’ve been working with for a couple years. And like I say, the people she’s got around her are solid and she’s solid. I mean she was a college player. She played at Shenandoah. I feel pretty good about the situation.”
Dike has also named a new cheerleading coach, Bridgette Bush, but he’s still working on filling head coaching vacancies for boys soccer and indoor and outdoor track and field.
This is the second straight year Dike has had to find a new track coach, as Joe Hall stepped down from the post after one season. Dike said he understood Hall’s quick departure, considering the latter recently accepted a teaching position in Frederick County and lives in Winchester.
Dike said he’d prefer to fill the indoor and outdoor track positions with one coach but is open to having separate coaches for the winter and spring seasons.
Skyline has filled one of its four varsity head coaching vacancies, as Misty Bordner was named the Hawks’ new cross country coach. Bordner replaces Rodger Seemiller, who spent three seasons at the helm of Skyline’s cross country program.
Cupp still needs to find new head coaches for baseball, boys basketball and boys tennis.
Jeff Monroe, who left to teach and coach basketball at Jefferson Forest, held the former two positions for Skyline. Monroe coached the Hawks’ boys basketball team for four seasons (Skyline’s 10 wins this past season were the most since 2014-15) and the baseball team for two seasons.
“His impact goes well beyond just being the head varsity coach of two sports, although that’s the biggest part of it and what I’m dealing with now,” Cupp said of Monroe earlier this week. “But he was also coaching seventh-grade girls basketball. He helped out with event managing for football. He’s helped out with volleyball. … He’s filmed games for the football team, helped (head coach Heath Gilbert) out there. He’s filled a lot of shoes, some of which everybody was aware of, some of which they weren’t. Our loss of him is pretty substantial and something that we’re gonna have to fill multiple positions, not just the visible baseball and basketball jobs, but some of the smaller jobs that were kind of unseen.”
Cupp said he’s still “vetting some candidates” for the remaining coaching positions at this stage in the hiring process. Any hires can’t be made official until next month’s School Board meeting.
“Right now, unfortunately, it doesn’t let the kids know who their coach is gonna be quite quick enough, but at some level it’s just procedure that I have to follow,” Cupp said.
“You always like to have as many choices as possible to go by but at this point, we have the candidates for the jobs, so I’m gonna have to make a decision and get those positions filled and get the word out and do what we can do.”