Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Providence High dismisses AD, volleyball coach, hires interim replacements

Providence High principal Tracey Harrill told the Observer Wednesday that she has replaced volleyball coach Amanda McGowan and athletics director Phillip Schundlemire.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials can’t comment further due to privacy issues. Efforts to reach Schundlemire and McGowan were unsuccessful.

McGowan was in her first season. She played high school, college (West Florida) and professional volleyball on several pro tours. She also coached at Northeastern (Fla.) High and Brevard College.

Harrill said she appointed Providence baseball coach Danny Hignight as interim replacement.  Hignight has coached both playoff wins.

Providence (18-6) is a No. 2 seed from the Southwestern 4A and upset Central Piedmont No. 1 seed Winston-Salem Reagan 3-2 on the road Tuesday. Providence plays at Piedmont Triad top seed Northwest Guilford (27-4) Thursday at 7 p.m.

Harrill said she appointed Charles Lansing as interim athletics director to replace Schundlemire, who remains on staff as a teacher.

Schundlemire was hired in July 2008, when he replaced Zoe Bell as AD at Providence. Prior to that, Schundlemire was AD at Hopewell, where he was also dean of students.

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