Four eyed to fill RFA football vacancy

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Interviews of candidates have been completed for the Rome Free Academy varsity football coach position, and a new coach may be appointed at the Board of Education’s March 1 meeting, says school district Superintendent Peter C. Blake.

Four candidates from the greater Rome and Mohawk Valley area have been interviewed by a committee headed by district Athletic Director Michael Stamboly, said Blake on Thursday.

The opening drew about nine applicants by a Jan. 25 deadline, with interviews conducted this month. When asked whether there would be any second interviews, Blake said he did not believe so.

Blake said he hopes the committee’s recommended selection for the position will be ready in time for the board to consider approval on March 1, when it also will be considering coach appointments for the spring season. RFA football is a fall season sport.

The RFA football coach position became open after Theodore “Ted” Swavely, who had been coach for nine years, indicated in November that he was resigning. The RFA varsity football program has a long tradition, and is heavily followed in the local community.

The coach position is on a part-time basis. Swavely’s salary for the 2017 season was $6,568. He also is a physical education teacher at RFA.

The school district is seeking to fill “just the head coach position” for RFA football, said Blake when asked whether it is linked with a full-time school district position.

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