NORMAN — Norman High ended the academic year with a number of coaching positions open, and officials are working quickly to fill those positions. As of Tuesday, most of those positions have been filled, with one major opening still remaining.
That opening would be for the head girls’ basketball coach after Nichole Copeland resigned to take a coaching position at Mount St. Mary. NHS officials are moving to fill the position, and district athletic director TD O’Hara said they expect to fill it in the upcoming weeks so the new coach can work with the team over the summer.
The other major openings at NHS have been filled. Baseball will be taken over by Brandon Kitch, a former assistant at Moore, while the head volleyball job will go to Lynsey Coleman, who had been coaching in Texas.
“He [Kitch] has a wealth of knowledge in the game of baseball, and a lot of energy and passion for the game,” O’Hara said.
“Lynsey will bring high expectations and what it takes to compete at a high level. Coaching volleyball in Texas is very highly looked-upon. We’re looking forward to her being part of the staff.”
The other opening was for the fastpitch softball coach, and former NHS baseball coach Doug Gillis, who was an assistant for Pete Sangirardi last year, will take over the program. Gillis has spent the last 20 years involved with NHS in some fashion, and it’s a trait that officials believe will help him continue the building success that former coach Andrea Harrison left behind.
“It’s unique to find someone who stays loyal to a particular school like he has,” O’Hara said. “That quality is one he’ll bring to our softball program. Being around him the last four years it’s obvious to me he really enjoys and likes being around kids. He will treat them with respect and teach them about the game and, more importantly, to be a better person to prepare them later on in life.”