STANTON — Pending approval by the Central Montcalm Board of Education, a pair of new varsity coaches will be roaming the sidelines for the Green Hornets.
John Johnson will take over the varsity volleyball program in the fall, while Rob Putnam will be promoted from JV girls basketball to varsity in November.
Johnson takes the reins from Haley Dawe. Dawe is pregnant with her second child, according to athletic director John Kearney.
Putnam will be coaching in place of Kevin Everingham, who resigned April 14 citing a desire to spend time with family and watch his son play sports.
Johnson “was our middle school eighth-grade coach,” Kearney said. “He started developing our younger kids for the volleyball program and developed the groundwork for the JV and varsity. He also understands the techniques to be a varsity coach.”
Putnam has “been very involved in our girls program, not only in the high school but the middle school program,” Kearney said. “He started running our youth clinics in the summer time. We felt he was a good choice because of the things he did to help with lower levels below varsity.”
Kearney has certain expectations for the coaches, as does high school principal Anthony Petersen.
“When Mr. Petersen and I sat down with them the whole thing was to develop a program where the high school kids were learning the fundamentals so that our kids can compete at the highest level,” Kearney said. “Also the programs should be developed so our kids can play at the high school level.”
Putnam said he’s ready to go.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “Ready to start getting things and getting the program as a whole in the right direction.”
Putnam wants to keep doing what he has been doing.
“We’re going to continue to build on the youth program that I started last year with the kids,” he said. “We’re going to continue to get more unity in the program so the middle school and high school are doing the same things in practice.”
Putnam has his own expectations for himself.
“I want us to bring the program back to finishing in the top part of the league,” he said. “I want us to be more of a family atmosphere with the program. I don’t have any win-loss goals set. We’re going to play hard every night and play hard as a team.”
The Central Montcalm Board of Education will meet May 21 to approve the hirings.