Some School Teams Starting First Day Of Practice Without Official Head Coaches

By Scott Sarvay

August 2, 2010 Updated Aug 2, 2010 at 12:41 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Monday is the first official day of practice and for some Fort Wayne Community School programs, but some are starting without official head coaches.

Ryan Elijah visited Northrop's practice, one of four programs in the district that doesn’t have a head coach.

North Side, South Side, Wayne and Northrop all started Monday without an official head coach, due to the many personnel and teacher changes in the district.

The board met last week and coaches were not on the agenda.

At Northrop, Athletic Director Bob Shank has been running the football program since May and he was still in charge Monday morning.

Shank told Indiana's NewsCenter he has submitted a name to the district and it should be approved at the board meeting in about a week.

Until then, Shank and a limited group of assistant coaches will guide the Bruins through their practices.

Northrop Athletic Director Bob Shank says, “With the kids, they haven't noticed that much of a difference, the person has not been named that's wearing the big whistle yet, but with all these coaches helping out they're haven't experienced that much change.”

Northrop Senior Sam Buchanon says, “This is kind of hard, it's difficult, we've got a lot of volunteer coaches so we're getting stuff done still, not having a coach is really not that big of a deal.”

While the kids seem to be taking everything in stride, the District said athletics are important, but hiring teachers was a bigger priority for the district and the board.

The other 3 schools have coaches in place that just need board approval. But that's not the case at Northrop.

The Bruins play their first game in just 18-days.

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