NEW CASTLE —
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The process was longer than most. The decision was tougher than usual, and the choice was a controversial one.
But in the end, New Castle High found its next girls basketball coach.
Scott Dibble was named the new leader of the Lady ’Canes yesterday at a special meeting held by the New Castle Area School Board. The vote was 7-0 in favor of hiring Dibble. Mary Ann Tofel and Anna Pascarella were absent.
Dibble takes over for Jason Rankin, who left New Castle in May to become the boys basketball coach at Sharon High. The process to fill that void was a long one.
The board was expected to announce the new coach at a meeting in June, but it held an executive session prior to the meeting and couldn’t come to a consensus on a candidate, according to New Castle superintendent George Gabriel. So, the board, and the athletic committee that was created to conduct the search decided to re-advertise the position.
An announcement again wasn’t made during last week’s regularly scheduled board meeting, and the board held the final interviews for the position yesterday. Gabriel said it was then that the 49-year-old Dibble, a finalist during the initial interviewing process, earned the job.
“They felt his second interview was much better than his first interview. That’s all I can deduct from that,” said Gabriel, an ex officio member of the athletic committee, which means he sits in on the committee’s interviews but is a non-voting member. “Probably one of the determining factors, and it was something Scott emphasized, is we’re looking for a basketball coach, but we’re also looking for someone who can mold our students into good student-athletes, meaning that they do well in school. Academics are a very important part (of coaching) — basketball is extracurricular. He emphasized that quite a bit in his interview today, and I think that’s what put him over the top.”