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Boys basketball, softball coaching searches rev up
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MONROE - New Monroe High School Activities Director Jeff Newcomer is staying busy this summer, interviewing candidates to fill three coaching posts.

Newcomer hired Jim Ingold and Scott Mosher as co-coaches of the Monroe boys and girls cross country teams on June 23.

Newcomer still has two coaches to hire - for boys basketball and softball.

Pat Murphy resigned June 3 after serving 15 years as the boys basketball coach for the Cheesemakers. Dale Buvid resigned this spring after 33 years of coaching softball for the Cheesemakers.

Newcomer said there are 10 applicants for the boys basketball opening and five applicants for the softball position.

Newcomer said he is forming an interview committee and is expected to begin interviews for both coaching positions in the next two weeks.

"We will interview all of the qualified candidates," Newcomer said of both remaining openings. "We hope to have someone hired before school starts. Ideally, we would have someone hired by now. Summer makes it tough to get a committee together. With boys basketball open it kind of moved softball back. It's important to get the winter sports position filled first."

The first day of school is Sept. 2.

Newcomer hired Toby Golembiewski as the football coach in February. Golembiewski replaces Curt Miller, who resigned after last season.

Newcomer is looking forward to adding two more head coaches to round out the Cheesemakers' coaching staff.

"It's nice to be able to hire my own coaches," Newcomer said. "It's nice to be able to put my own stamp on it and build a program."

In his more than three decades of coaching, Buvid amassed a record of 505-236 to make him the third all-time winningest coach in the history of softball in Wisconsin. He guided the Cheesemakers to seven state tournament appearances, a state championship in 2003, four state runner-up finishes and 11 conference titles.

Murphy compiled a 244-159 mark and guided the Cheesemakers to four state boys basketball tournament appearances, a WIAA Division 2 state championship in 2007, a state runner-up finish in 2009 and six Badger South Conference titles. Murphy will continue as a special education teacher at Monroe High School.