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April 17, 2014

North nearer to filling coaching vacancies

NORMAN — A host of coaching positions in Norman are open for next year.

At Norman North, three of the four open head coaching jobs are nearing the end of the process. Applications have been accepted for the fastpitch softball, girls’ basketball and girls’ golf coach, and officials expect to narrow the field of candidates later this week and begin interviews in the next two weeks.

The other open jobs, the cross country and track spots being vacated by the retiring Mike Ramsey, will be officially listed as open in the coming weeks. Ramsey, a longtime coach and teacher at North, led the cross country team to the state title last season and will take a strong track team to the state meet this year.

“Everything fell in place where it’s a good time,” he said. “I feel like this is the time to do it.”

Norman High also has a spot open after girls’ cross country coach Suzy Rojas retired after almost 20 years coaching in Norman. Rojas led the cross country team to a runner-up finish last season.

Reed’s recovery coming along: One of NHS’s biggest issues this season is a lack of depth on the pitching staff, and it was a problem that was exacerbated early in the season when senior Paul Reed went out with a throwing injury.

Reed was able to play in the field but not able to take the mound for the first month of the season. He made his first pitching debut last week and dealt with only minor soreness in his arm, but the road back has still been slow.

One of the staff’s top arms, Reed has seen some bullpen work but still hasn’t made a start. While that won’t change any time soon, coach Pete Sangirardi is hopeful Reed’s recovery will continue to progress.

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