ROCKINGHAM — Kevin Mabe watched from afar as the Charlotte Bobcats seemingly moved at a snail’s pace before selecting its next coach.
The Richmond Senior athletic director wants to take the same approach of going slowly to fill the girls basketball coach vacancy at the school but at the same time quickly enough to grab his top candidate.
“We’ve had several quality bites,” Mabe said. “I would say two quality bites. We hope to interview up to six people for the job.”
Mabe added he has received around 10 resumes for the position, which was posted on the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s website as well as the Richmond County School’s site. The advertisement listed Friday as the final day to apply.
“I would like to have a new coach in place by mid-July,” Mabe said. “That may work out or it may not.”
In her three seasons on the bench, former coach Nellie Harrington guided the Raiders to a 55-17 overall record and a 25-5 mark in Southeastern Conference play. As the interim coach in 2010, Harrington led Richmond to the second round of the state 4A playoffs and was selected as Coach of the Year in the SEC.
The Raiders have qualified for the postseason for four straight seasons but have fallen in the opening round three times, including this season’s 54-43 home loss to North Davidson.
Mabe would not divulge the names of any of the candidates for the position, although he did confirm junior varsity coach Victoria Defrate is serving as the interim coach during the team’s summer workouts.
Raiders win twice in tourney
SANFORD — The Richmond Senior boys basketball won its opening two games in the Lee County Shootout.
The Raiders cruised to a 49-23 victory over the Yellow Jackets in their opener before edging Holly Springs 58-56 in the nightcap.
Richmond coach David Laton was pleased with the performance of his returning players from last season’s team which advanced to the third round of the state 4A playoffs.
“I thought our seniors played well,” Laton said. “Jordan (Richardson), Shydamion (Ellerbe), Jalen (McDonald), Kendo (Wallace) and Josh (Calhoun) did a good job. It is good to get out there and put them in different positions and situations.”
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