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November 18, 2008 3:20 am

New coach to lead Lady Panthers

Written by Tribune Staff

Two new faces will be on the field for the Powell Panthers and Lady Panthers this spring when the soccer teams begin their seasons.

Brad Hammond will take over the Lady Panthers' program, replacing Kay Pomeroy, who resigned as head coach last spring.

On the boys field, Waleryan Wisniewski will join head coach Pat D'Alessandro's staff as the assistant coach. Wisniewski replaces Drew Jones.

Hammond, who also serves as registrar and admissions director at Northwest College, said he is looking forward to continuing his work with the Lady Panthers. Hammond served as the Lady Panthers' junior varsity head coach and a varsity assistant coach in the spring of 2008.

“I'm excited about it,” Hammond said. “After Kay resigned, every time I bumped into one of the girls they would ask me if I was going to be the coach. I met with Jeff Jones (PHS activities director and assistant principal) about the position, and I felt good about it and decided to give it a try. It'll be interesting — that's for sure. We've got a lot of girls returning, but we also lost some key players. We're all wanting to build on that momentum we had late last season, and I think it will be a good year for us.”

The two new coaches were approved Tuesday, Nov. 11, during the November meeting of the Park County District No. 1 school board.

Also approved was the hiring of Jerry Rodriguez as an assistant swim coach for Powell Middle School. The temporary position was created to accommodate the large number of swimmers working out with the Powell Middle School team.