Hounds are on the hunt for a new AD

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 18, 2008

FERRIDAY — School has only been in session a little over a week and Huntington is already looking for a new athletic director and basketball coach after David Boydstun resigned from both positions last week.

Boydstun was also coaching the fast pitch softball team at the time of his resignation.

“It was very much a surprise,” Huntington headmaster Tony Palermo said of Boydstun’s resignation. “I had no inkling that he was unhappy with the situation.”

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Boydstun said his decision was based on his salary.

“It came down to the money,” Boydstun said. “I wasn’t offered a new contract until school started and it was way less than I could do with. I’m retired again and have moved on.”

Penny Moak, who teaches at the school and was the girls basketball coach before she resigned during the summer, said she was stunned to learn that Boydstun had quit.

She was helping out with the softball team and when Boydstun resigned, she took over as acting head coach along with Rut Horne.

“I was quite surprised,” Moak said. “I teach up there all day and at the end of the day, someone told me he was gone, so I just went out and started to practice the girls (softball team).”

Palermo said that Huntington is still in the preliminary stages of replacing Boydstun.

“We’re looking at it from all sides right now,” Palermo said. “We really don’t have a timetable, but we definitely need to have one before basketball season starts.”

Palermo said that someone currently on the Huntington staff — who he declined to name — is working in the athletic director’s capacity with help from other members of the Huntington staff.

“We have not advertised and gone after anyone yet,” Palermo said. “If someone on the (current) staff steps up, we’ll defiantly look at that person. We have not committed to anything and are looking at what we’ve got.”