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Three RHS grid assistants not returning, Hill confirms

Dec 20, 2012 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer

Riverton High School head football coach Jeremy McCormick, the 2012 Class 3-A East coach of the year, has chosen to bring back just five of eight assistant coaches for the 2013 fall football season.

Riverton High School activities director Jeremy Hill confirmed the recommendation Wednesday, and said the Wolverines will look to replace three football assistants when teaching vacancies in the district become known later this spring.

"We are of the philosophy that a head coach should be able to make decisions about the coaching staff. When a coach is given the opportunity to make some big changes, we trust that those big changes will be for the overall betterment of the program. We are looking at hiring three coaches," Hill said Wednesday evening.

Hill said he is confident that quality assistants can be recruited either from within the district or from elsewhere.

Names of the three assistants were circulated privately, but Hill would not confirm those reports for the time being, citing an "ongoing personnel issue."

All three assistants had expressed a desire to coach in the upcoming football season, according to Hill.

"I have a lot of respect for those particular coaches as well. They all still have important positions within our athletic department," Hill said.

Riverton completed a perfect 5-0 record in the Class 3-A East this season to win the regular season conference title, but lost its first round playoff game at home against Cody.

When asked what his plans are for moving forward and what he hopes to improve, McCormick said, "I have every confidence that the remaining coaching staff will continue to be professional as we continue to do great things with RHS football, and I have all the confidence that all of the coaches will be professional as they coach their other teams at the high school and middle school."

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