Astoria High School filled two coaching vacancies this morning, with the hiring of Jeff Leo as the varsity volleyball coach and Chris Hunt as the boys basketball coach.
Leo replaces Dan Foss, who resigned following last season, and Hunt steps in for Mike Goin, who retired after the 2001-02 season.
The two hirings complete a trio of vacancies in the Astoria athletics program, following the departure of Foss (who remains as the boys golf coach) and the retirement of Goin, who was also the Athletics Director. Wymon Smith was hired last month as Astoria's new A.D.
The Astoria volleyball team missed out on the postseason this year, while the Fishermen boys basketball team finished third at the state tournament in Corvallis. Goin finished his 24-year varsity coaching at Astoria with 423 wins.
"We did a series of two interviews with each, with input from students, parents, coaches and administrators," said AHS Principal Larry Lockett.
According to Goin, each applicant was interviewed by a panel of five, including a student-athlete, a teacher, an administrator, a resident and Smith, the new A.D.
Leo comes to Astoria from Yuma, Ariz., where he spent five years as the boys basketball coach and four years as the varsity volleyball coach at Antelope High School.
He led the Antelope volleyball squad to three Southwest Arizona state championships, going undefeated for two years.
Leo, 29, attended high school in Montana and played basketball for two years at Western Montana University. He was hired as a math teacher at Astoria three weeks ago, and will teach higher math at the school.
Leo will also step into the spot vacated by math teacher and longtime boys basketball assistant Bob Landwehr, who is retiring. Leo will serve as the junior varsity boys basketball coach, and will be a member of Hunt's coaching staff. Gordon Thomson will remain as the freshman coach.
Goin, who was not in on the hiring process, said, "personally, I'm real excited about having Chris as the new coach. He knows the program and he's done a real good job with the JVs for the last three years. So things should continue with no problem. Our hope is that this new staff will remain together as long as the last one."
Hunt, who graduated from Linfield College before coming to Astoria three years ago, will also run the school?s boys basketball summer camp program.
Hunt spent three years running the successful Astoria junior varsity boys basketball program, and served as an assistant on Goin's coaching staff.