Fairfield close to hiring new boys hoops coach

Fairfield High School is getting close to naming a new boys basketball coach.

Athletic director Mark Harden said interviews began last week to fill the vacancy left with the departure of one-year head coach John Cecere, who accepted an assistant principal job at Edgewood High School last month.

Cecere, an assistant for five years before taking the helm, guided the Indians to a 12-11 record and third-place standing in the Greater Miami Conference after the team finished 20-5 in 2013-14.

About 20 candidates applied for the opening and three have interviewed. Harden said he hopes to have a decision by the end of next week.

“We’re still going through the process and working through folks we’ve talked to, but hopefully we wrap something up next week,” Harden said.

Harden was a little disappointed in the number of applicants, but said there are some strong candidates in the mix.

“What’s made it difficult is there is no teaching opening to go with it,” Harden said. “That eliminates some candidates that did apply and some that expressed interest. They want to be in the building, and that’s something we would like as well, but we really don’t have a teaching job at this time.”

Harden, who also has been trying to hire varsity and junior varsity girls tennis coaches for the fall, doesn’t expect any other candidates to emerge. No internal candidates applied formally for the job, he said.

Meanwhile, assistant coaches still on staff are running summer workouts, and Harden expects a smooth transition for whomever is hired. The Indians graduated just two players from the 2014-15 squad, which had lost eight seniors from the previous year’s co-GMC championship team.

“The kids have not missed a beat,” Harden said.

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