Vilonia boys basketball will have a new coach for the first time since coach Tim Goers took over for the 2013-14 season.
According to Vilonia athletic director Nick Newman, Goers resigned and will transfer into the coaching position at Booneville High School, where Goers’ wife just accepted the job as the principal.
Goers will remain on through his contract, which runs through June.
Goers, who has been the Eagles coach for the last five years, has compiled a 75-56 record, including a 2014-15 season, where Vilonia went 20-9 in the regular season before losing 62-54 to Little Rock Fair in the 5A State Tournament.
The final two years of Goers’ tenure was not as strong, going just 27-25, but Newman saw the team was much better than the record indicates.
“Our record doesn’t show it, but we lost a lot of close games last year,” he said.
The Eagles were victims of nine games where they lost by eight or fewer points.
There is also talent coming up.
“Our 10th graders were undefeated in ninth grade,” Newman said. “Of course, varsity basketball is much harder because two more grades are thrown in. We do have a strong class coming up, though.”
Because of this talent, Newman believes the job is attractive, which has led to several candidates.
“The process for finding a replacement is going on right now,” he said “We have more than 25 applicants, right now. We’re continuing to take applications through this week and next week. We hope to start interviews at the end of next week.”
Newman said he hopes to have a recommendation by the June 14 school board meeting.
Newman spoke about the qualities he wants in a new hire.
“Experience is a plus,” he said. “I don’t want to glance over a resume because of lack of experience, but experience is a plus. We’re looking for a good fit and one that will move us forward for basketball.”
Newman also expects the new coach to bring growth to the team.
“I’m looking for growth each year and adapting to different situations,” he said. “We had success in lower grades and we want them to move forward.”
Newman said Goers will be missed.
“We was upbeat and the players like him,” he said. “He is going to leave a void in our staff, but we wish him nothing but the best.” Newman said all of Goers’ assistants are still in place, while one is interested in the job.