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New girls’ soccer coach tapped just in time

Isaac Reyesmejia was chosen as the new Powell High School girls’ soccer coach just days before the team was scheduled to begin its preparations for the 2014 season.

The Park County School District No. 1 board of trustees is scheduled to approve Reyesmejia’s hiring during today’s (Tuesday’s) school board meeting, but Reyesmejia had Superintendent Kevin Mitchell’s consent to coach Monday’s practice (the first of the season) according to PHS Athletics/Activities Director Tim Wormald.

Reyesmejia has coached soccer at both the youth and high school levels, including two years as an assistant coach at a California high school.

The last-minute hiring came as a result of other candidates dropping out, Wormald said.

“What made this one more difficult was that I had, at different times, different people who were in line (to become the coach),” Wormald said.

The school prioritizes in-house candidates because it improves communication between the team, players and administration, Wormald said. He confirmed that at least one applicant was “in the building.”

“I knew that (Reyesmejia) was a good candidate,” Wormald said. “A lot of time when people are in the building we tend to look at them more.”

Personal reasons and other obligations prevented the early favorite(s) from taking the position.

Wormald said the coaching search wouldn’t have dragged on “had I been able to hire the first person I had in line.”

Reyesmejia, of Cody, applied early in the process.

He is an assistant coach for the Cody High School boys’ basketball team and will be at the Class 3A State Tournament in Casper beginning on Thursday.

Wormald said Northwest College coach Rob Hill, as well as a couple parents, including one with a coach’s permit, have volunteered to help coach the team this week.

Wormald said both Reyesmejia and the new assistant coach are involved with winter sports, “so their overlap is going to make this week more difficult.”

PHS alum Emily Schwahn is scheduled to be hired as the girls’ assistant coach at the school board meeting.

The girls begin their season with a home game against Pinedale at 11 a.m. on March 22.

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