BLOG: York County coaching carousel keeps turning

Patrick Strohecker

On Monday night, the last of six York-Adams League vacant head football coaching positions was filled by Central York, hiring former Carlisle head man Josh Oswalt.

Bill Ackerman

It put an end to the coaching carousel that, in recent years, has become all too regular within the sport. Over the past two offseasons, there have been 14 football coaching changes within the Y-A League.

The league didn't get more than 24 hours to breathe before basketball tried its hand at its own coaching carousel.

On Tuesday, news broke of two York County boys' basketball programs now in search of new head coaches. One was West York, after longtime coach Bill Ackerman stepped down due to wanting to spend more time with his family, after 18 years on the job. Less than an hour later, former York Suburban coach Dustin Boeckel confirmed that his resignation was approved by the school board on Monday night, opening up his position.

West York and Suburban joined York High, which saw longtime coach Troy Sowers step down one day after his season end back in February, as the first three basketball positions to open so far. It's not uncommon for some schools to make coaching changes every offseason, but the rarity of two occurring in one day is certainly something new.

While York Suburban might not have the prestige as York High and West York, it's still a large school within the Y-A League, so it carries some weight in terms of expecting big things from its coaches, so you can't just slap anyone in there. Whoever gets hired to lead the Trojans next will be expected to win, just like with the Bearcats and Bulldogs.

York Suburban head coach Dustin Boeckel had his letter of resignation approved by the school board on Monday night after four years as head coach of the Trojans. John A. Pavoncello photo

All three coaches, Sowers, Ackerman and Boeckel, cited personal or family reasons for their decisions to resign, so the latest changes hint at the stresses of being a high school athletics coach. No more is it just a spot where kids can go to hang out with their friends after school and winning or losing doesn't matter. Now, there's legit pressure on the players and coaches to win and at a consistent rate, or else the schools will find someone else to lead the way.

It shouldn't surprise us that basketball is the next high school sport to see coaching positions open up at rapid rates because it's probably the second largest sport, outside of football. Surely, there will probably be more basketball positions to open up in the near future and it won't be a shock.

I just would've thought that after the football coaching carousel ended, we wouldn't already be starting another one.