The recent changes in the Nashville High School athletic department continued recently with the announcement that Wayne Harre has stepped down as athletic director.
Harre, 52, tendered his resignation effective April 11 and has been replaced by Alicia Heggemeier, who was officially named the Hornets athletics director this week by the school board.
Harre, who took over as the Hornets’ AD prior to the 2015-16 school, said being a full-time athletics director and a successful farmer has become too much to manage.
“The spring and fall seasons last year were difficult because of everything going on both at the high school and with farming,” Harre said. “Farming is No. 1 with me and I just feel like they need someone who can be there (at school) more. They need someone who can be there full-time.”
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to Belleville News-Democrat
Harre is the third coach/administrator to leave Nashville this spring. Hornets boys basketball coach Brad Weathers resigned in April and football coach Tim Kuhn stepped down this week to become the coach at Brentwood High School in St. Louis. Kuhn was 26-25 with two postseason appearances (2014, 2015) in five years.
Heggemeier said Thursday that the interviewing process has begun and that she is hopeful that coaches in both sports will be in place to be approved at the next board meeting.
Harre has been a fixture on the Nashville coaching staff since 1988. Before taking over the chores as the Hornets athletics director 2 1/2 years ago, Harre was one of the top girls basketball coaches in the state, compiling a record of 412-78.
Harre resigned as the girls basketball coach in May 2015.
With his daughter Jordi leading the team at point guard, Wayne Harre guided Nashville to the 2013 Class 2A state crown. Nashville also placed in the top four at state four other times, won eight sectional championships and 15 consecutive regional championships.
Harre was also a head coach and assistant coach in volleyball and spent several seasons as an assistant baseball coach.
Although he has no immediate plans to return to coaching, Harre did not rule out a possible return to the sidelines at some point.
“It would have to be the right time and right situation,’’ Harre said. “Right now, it’s just time to do something else.”
Mascoutah getting closer
Mascoutah is close to naming a successor for Scott Oltmann, who resigned as the Indians’ boys basketball coach in March.
Mascoutah Athletics Director Scott Battas indicated Thursday that the new coach could be approved by the school board as early as next week.
Oltmann was 304-238 in two stints at Mascoutah.
O’Fallon girls basketball
O’Fallon Athletics Director Todd Moeller said Thursday that the school intends to name a replacement for girls basketball coach Ryan Massey in the next three to four weeks.
Massey resigned a month ago after 11 seasons at the helm.
David Wilhelm of the News-Democrat contributed information to this story.