Hillsboro High School has reduced its lists of candidates for the open head boys basketball position to four, superintendent Jim Smith said Wednesday evening.
Smith said two of the final four candidates are current staff members, and two are not.
The superintendent said he hopes to pick a successor to Brett Prince within the next two weeks, and hopes to take a recommendation to the board of the education on a new coach at the board’s July meeting.
On Wednesday, the Hillsboro Board of Education officially accepted Prince’s resignation, effective June 4. That’s just six days after he was hired for his fourth season as Hillsboro boys coach at May’s board of education meeting.
At the May board meeting, Prince was also hired as the cross country coach for the upcoming season, as well as the open gym coordinator. The board officially accepted Prince’s resignation from those two positions also Wednesday, effective June 23.
Prince led Hillsboro to a record of 33-35 in three seasons and won an outright South Central Ohio League championship his first season.
About a week after he was hired for the upcoming basketball season, Prince told The Times-Gazette: “I resigned because I felt the program was standing still. I want what is best for Hillsboro and the basketball team. This isn’t about Brett Prince, this is about those kids and their success. I’ve talked to all of my players and let them know how I feel about them. I did this because I thought it was best for them.
“I love Hillsboro. It’s a great place to live and work. I hope that the next coach that comes in feels the same way I do. I plan on continuing to teach at Hillsboro and would like to coach in the future. I love coaching basketball and I miss it already.”
Also at Wednesday’s board meeting, the board accepted the resignation of Tyler Robertson, who had also been hired at May 28 board meeting, as freshman basketball and middle school cross country coach for the coming school year.
Dee Robinson, who was hired as a middle school volleyball coach at the May meeting, also saw her resignation accepted at this week’s meeting.