Central reaches final four

Central reaches final four

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign Central’s search for a new boys’ basketball coach is winding down.

Central athletic director John Woods on Friday said the list of candidates has been trimmed to four finalists and that he hopes to have a coach in place as early as next week.

“We’d like to get him in front of the returning players, the parents, the community,” Woods said. “And getting that summer schedule in place is so important.”

The Champaign school board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday. On its agenda is an administrative appointment, but the agenda includes no details about that particular hire.

The board is next scheduled to meet May 6.

Central is looking to replace Scott Davis, who resigned March 11 after 21 seasons and 330 wins, second most in school history. The Maroons were 5-20 last season.

Woods said he received 44 formal applications, and 10 candidates were interviewed.

Woods said the next coach doesn’t necessarily need to hold a teaching position in Unit 4, but “if he’s in the building, that’s great.”

Central’s new football coach, Nate Albaugh, who was hired in February, currently is an aide at Central.

“Daily interaction with the kids is so important,” Woods said.

Woods said the boys’ basketball coach will be able to hire two paid assistants. Those who worked under Davis can re-apply, Woods said.

Davis remains Central’s boys’ tennis coach.