By MATT SCHUCKMAN
Herald-Whig Sports Editor
For the second time in 11 years, Quincy High School is searching for both a boys and girls basketball coach.
And the process to find both coaches will be strikingly similar.
Wednesday, Demond Dade tendered his resignation following two seasons coaching the QHS girls program. Dade, a full-time Quincy firefighter, went 12-40 as Quincy's coach, suffering through an 0-26 season last winter.
Superintendent Steve Cobb confirmed the Quincy School Board would be accepting Dade's resignation.
The last time both the QHS boys and girls programs were searching for coaches was in 2003 after Loren Wallace retired as the boys coach and Eric Stratman resigned as the girls coach. Sean Taylor was hired to replace Wallace, spending the past 11 seasons coaching the Blue Devils. Taylor had his coaching contract terminated March 26 by the board.
The QHS girls program has had three head coaches in the same span and has ended with a losing record each of the last seven seasons,
During the public comment portion of Wednesday night's monthly meeting of the Quincy School Board, Quincy Federation of Teachers president Valerie Bordenkircher said, "After finding out today that we now have a girls basketball coach that needs to be hired, I would hope that the board would have a committee of 13 or some number to look as hard for a girls coach as they do for boys."
The school district commissioned a 13-member search committee, co-chaired by School Board member Sayeed Ali and QHS athletic director Bill Sanders, to find a replacement for Taylor.
Cobb said the district will treat the search for a girls basketball coach the same as it did the search for the boys coach.
"We're going to be as serious about the girls coach as we are about the boys," Cobb said. "It's going to be a superintendent's committee with Sayeed and Bill as co-chairs."
Cobb said a press release will be issued explaining the makeup of the search committee.
"Just as we did for the boys because I take it just as serious," Cobb said.
Dade served as an assistant coach with the girls basketball and football programs for several years before replacing Greg Altmix as the girls basketball coach in Sept. 2012. During his first season, the Blue Devils ended a 29-game losing streak in Western Big Six play, beating Alleman 53-51 at home in mid-December.
Quincy is currently in the midst of a 12-game WB6 losing streak after going 2-18 in the WB6 during Dade's tenure.