FORTVILLE — Tom Shaver is taking one for the team.
Shaver, the Mt. Vernon boys’ swimming coach since 1993, is assuming coaching of the girls’ squad on an interim basis until the school can find a suitable candidate to assume the position full-time.
The position of full-time MV girls’ swimming coach remains open on the IHSAA website.
“The original plan was to hire a separate girls’ coach. We couldn’t find anyone to fill it and school had already started,” said Shaver, who teaches in the Technology Education department at MV. “I told (co-athletic director) Greg Roach that if we could not find anyone that I would serve as interim girls’ coach as long as they would leave the position open.”
Former head coach Emily Logan and assistant coach Mark Logan left to take over the Greenfield-Central swimming program in June.
The Logans led the girls’ team to three sectional titles in their four seasons at the helm, including one this past February. MV also won a pair of Hoosier Heritage Conference championships under the Logans.
Last year’s team had 37 girls listed on the roster, but just five seniors and 23 underclassmen. 2012 state qualifiers Jessica Blackburn, Jessica Hantz and Maddie Powell headline the talent the Marauders bring back for this upcoming winter.
“I would’ve expected that we would’ve hired someone that was seriously qualified. We had some people interested, but they weren’t a good fit for the caliber of team we have,” Shaver explained. “I’m familiar with (the girls), they’re familiar with me. I think it’s going to be a smooth transition.”
Shaver has coached the girls’ team before. He began his coaching career in 1987 at Mt. Vernon as an assistant for June Mueller — who retired as diving coach after last season — on the boys’, girls’ and middle school swimming teams, and actually coached Emily Logan when she swam at MV.