salem fill coach openings

The Salem R-80 School District Board of Education filled its remaining high school sports head coaching vacancies by hiring Bryan Carty in boys’ basketball, Dylan Wyrick in football and Dale Sandlin, Jr. in volleyball.

The hirings were made official during the closed session portion of Thursday’s board meeting.

A 2004 Salem High School graduate, Carty returned to the school district as a teacher two years ago and this past season served as the Tiger boys’ basketball assistant coach.

Carty replaces Conrad Prugh, who this spring was hired as Salem High School assistant principal.

Wyrick replaces Brian McNamee as Salem football head coach. McNamee resigned as football coach and will continue his teaching duties as well as serving as weight room coordinator and track head coach.

The past four seasons Wyrick has been an assistant football coach at his alma mater, Potosi High School.

This is the first varsity head coaching job for both Carty and Wyrick.

Sandlin replaces Amanda Walker, who resigned as Lady Tiger volleyball head coach. He comes from Viburnum High School, where he was assistant volleyball coach from 2003-04 and head coach from 2005-06. Since 2008 Sandlin has been the Viburnum cross country coach. Originally from Farmington, Sandlin will teach middle school physical education at Salem.

Other coaching hirings carried out by the board on Thursday were Rockey Wade assistant boys’ basketball; Sandlin seventh-grade boys’ basketball and assistant track; Kriste Steelman assistant volleyball; Kristiana Bermudez middle school volleyball; Nick Frillman assistant girls’ basketball; Darcy Reardon assistant softball; Jerry Adkins freshman boys’ basketball, and Jenny Summers middle school cheerleading.

Watch the Salem News on-line and in print for upcoming individual stories on Carty, Wyrick and Sandlin as they take over the Salem programs in boys’ basketball, football and volleyball, respectively.