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Posted on Nov 13, 2018

Four new head coaches hired

The last two-thirds of the 2018 season of Quincy sports will have some new faces and some familiar faces in new spots, calling the shots for the Jacks.
The boys basketball team, the girls wrestling team, the boys’ track team and the boys soccer team will have new head coaches this season.
The reins to the basketball team have been handed to Scott Bierlink, an assistant under former coach Wade Petersen. The girls wrestling team has added Devan Silva, replacing Bill Clifton, who resigned last year. Jon Barker, an assistant under former coach Cory Medina, is the new head boys track coach. And Francisco Tafoya, fresh off an outstanding first season as head girls soccer coach, is now also the boys soccer coach.
Three people applied for the soccer job and the basketball jobs, Tuttle said. Silva and Barker were the lone candidates for their jobs.
The candidates faced a committee composed of QHS athletic director Kaycie Tuttle, a school board member, a school district rep, a parent, a coach and an assistant coach, Tuttle said.
Referring to the Barker hire, Tuttle said he and girls track coach Whitney Gregg will work well together.
“They have kids in the same area, they work similarly in different areas of the team, so I think it will work most beneficially for all of us in the long run,” Tuttle said.
Bierlink was the first one to get hired, getting the job in mid-October.
“We did a little bit more digging on him, since he was a known quantity to us,” Tuttle said, “and let him know very soon after.”
Tuttle said Silva gave the right answers to the questions posed to him by the hiring committee.
The girls wrestling schedule starts in early December, in Warden, while basketball’s schedule starts with a home game in late November against the Cascade Kodiaks of Leavenworth.
The track schedule starts in Ephrata in mid-March for the annual Ice Breaker meet.
The boys soccer schedule starts in mid-March with a home game against the Toppenish Wildcats.

By Sebastian Moraga,