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Vann steps down as WHS track coach
Following two years as the Warwick High School head track and field coach, Katie Vann stepped down from that position at the conclusion of the spring season. Warwick Athletic Director John Kosydar received her letter of resignation at the end of May.
Warwick sent 19 total athletes to the District Three Triple-A Track and Field Championships in her two seasons with the Warriors, and three to the PIAA State Championships – Bailey Groves in the shot put in 2012, and David Lucas and Ben Mueller in the discus and 1,600, respectively, in 2013.
Vann, who also resigned from her positions as a varsity assistant girls soccer coach and In-School Suspension (ISS) monitor, is returning to graduate school.
"I think the one thing she did was she really tried to make track a sport where kids would do it more than just the spring season," Kosydar said. "She had open gyms throughout the year, she tried to revitalize winter track program. She tried to make it a sport where kids were more committed to it. I think given more time, she would have gotten even further along with that. She was definitely on her way of changing the culture a little bit in the track program."
Kosydar said the position will probably be advertised in July, and depending on what candidates are available, they could hire a new coach by the start of the 2013-14 school year in September.
"The district seems to be hiring quite a few new teachers and stuff like that, so I’ll take a look at that crop and see if anyone in there is interested," Kosydar said. "It’s always nice to have a teacher as a coach, especially a head coach of a program. That’s always helpful. So we’ll see what we have there … If we get good candidates, we’d like to fill it by the start of school."
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