MONTGOMERY - While the decision upset many in the crowd, the Montgomery Area School Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to elect Kyle Mowery as the varsity wrestling coach for the 2013-14 school year.
Many citizens expressed concerns that the position had not been adequately advertised and that other applicants may be available. Several spoke out against the vote.
"When the varsity wrestling coach position came up, that position was not opened. There are five other people in the program and you may want to get their thoughts on who was best for the position," said one man, who did not wish to be publicly identified.
However, others defended Mowery's coaching abilities and the board's decision.
Resident Tim Wrights noted that Mowery has been teaching wrestling for several years and has a "fine pedigree" as a coach and educator.
Another local, Shawn Lee, also defended the coach.
"Mowery knows the trade and has no children in the program. His focus is not on one child, rather the group as a whole," Lee said.
Several people shook their heads and gasped in disbelief after the board voted.
The board also hired Robbie Showers as varsity cheerleading coach at a stipend of $2,500 and Dennis Deem and Tanya Deem as head coach and assistant head coach of varsity girls tennis. The Deems will receive yearly stipends of $3,500 and $2,250, respectively.