SA Board to replace cage coach Biegel

     Ryan Biegel will not return as South Adams High School's head boys basketball coach next school year, but will remain in his position as an elementary school physical education teacher.
    During last night's school board meeting, board members voted unanimously to not renew his coaching contract for the 2011-12 school year.
    At the North Adams Board Meeting, John Baker was approved as head boys basketball coach, and Nate Andrews was approved by a 3-2 vote as football coach, P.E. instructor and history teacher.
    One vocal North Adams school board member objected to the fact that a story in the Daily Democrat outlined the proposed hiring of Andrews, who came strongly recommended by everyone associated with him.
    It was pointed out that the story quoted Bellmont officials qualifying the hiring on “pending board approval.” She also did not like the fact that Andrews’ credentials did not fit exactly those advertised by the board.
    The 3-2 vote may have cost Bellmont a football coach as Andrews was upset with the proceedings and 3-2 vote.
    Resignations accepted by the NA board included Janelle Rhoades as freshman assistant volleyball coach, Seth Colclasure as freshman boys basketball assistant, Matt Converset as high school girls basketball assistant, and Tory Fuelling as girls varsity basketball coach. Tim Beery got the nod as a volunteer coach for the middle school girls soccer program .
    Following the action at South Adams, Bud Bearss said, "Ryan Biegel is a friend of mine and I'm sorry to see you made this decision." He added that the school has had eight basketball coaches in the last 25 years.
    Biegel went 36-69 in five years at South Adams, and he’s 47-86 in six years overall. The Starfires have struggled the past two seasons.
    "At some point we need some consistency in the program," said Bearss. "We need to get to the point where we are not influenced by parents whose main concern is how much time their boy gets to play. I would ask the school board to consider that in the hiring of the next coach."
    Joni Bixler said that she would like to see the school do something to bring more interest to the basketball program instead of "getting rid of a coach who is not winning."