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Two MHS spring coaching jobs filled

Assistant coaches are now head coaches for Madras baseball and track.
   The contracts of Stann Dmytryk as the White Buffalo baseball coach and Paul Brown as the head track coach were approved by the 509-J Board of Directors on Monday night.
   Dmytryk has served as a volunteer assistant coach for the past five seasons. That was a factor in being hired as the head coach, said Madras interim athletic director Steve Johnson.
   Dmytryk replaces Kevin Cave who resigned in June to become the Central Catholic head baseball coach in the Portland area. Cave was the Madras baseball coach for two seasons with the Buffs reaching the playoffs both seasons.
   "Stann knows the players, so that'll help make for a smooth transition for the upcoming season," Johnson said. "Stann already knows the league, which was another factor in a smooth transition."
   Johnson added Dmytryk will hire several volunteer assistants who have also worked with the program in the past.
   The district is still seeking to hire a junior varsity coach.
   The void in the Madras track program is filled by Brown, who was in charge of the team's jumpers, hurdlers and pole vaulters last season. Brown will take over for Mike Dove who resigned in June to take a teaching position in Culver.
   Brown is also the head boys' soccer and wrestling coach.
   Having one person be the head coach in three sports was a concern, Johnson said.
   "We addressed that in our interview," Johnson said. "If Paul had taught for just three or four years, that would be more of an issue. Paul is a veteran teacher who has shown he can juggle teaching and being a head coach."
   Brown's involvement with the track program was also a plus, Johnson said. Brown did resign as an assistant track coach, meaning that position must be filled.
   "We'll be looking to hire an assistant with a running background, which was Mike's (Dove) expertise," Johnson said.
   The district has yet to hire a head girls' golf coach. That position was vacated when Derek Barnhurst resigned last summer.