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Spade leaves WHHS for FHS

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 8, 2003

Alan Spade had what he called a “good situation” as the boys basketball coach at Western Hills.

But when a better one came along, Spade couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

Spade has resigned as the WHHS coach to take a teaching position at Frankfort High. He will also serve as the school’s athletic director as well as teach social studies.

With this departure, all six local high school basketball teams will be headed by new coaches this winter. Frankfort High coaches Scott Chalk and Joey Thacker are now at Franklin County, coaching the boys and girls teams, respectively.

Deron Norman took Chalk’s position as the Panther boys coach and Jim Masters is the new girls coach at WHHS. The FHS girls coaching vacancy is yet to be filled, as is the one from which Spade recently resigned.

“It was a very good situation,” Spade said of Western Hills, “but I think this is a better opportunity for me.”

Spade taught at Western Hills the past 13 years and was head coach of the Wolverines the past four seasons. He held various other coaching duties at the school, including stints as tennis and golf head coach, assistant football, baseball and basketball coach.

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