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Springdale hires new boys basketball coach

| Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011

The coincidence wasn't lost on Seth Thompson, 28, after he was hired as head coach of Springdale's boys basketball team Monday night.

"I'm particularly excited about it being Springdale," he said. "My dad (Dave) got his first head coaching job at Springdale, too."

Allegheny Valley School Board hired the younger Thompson by an 8-0 vote. He served as an assistant at Deer Lakes for four seasons before spending one season as an assistant at Freeport this past winter.

Seth Thompson, who teaches at Freeport High School, plans to bring his father aboard as a volunteer assistant.

Dave Thompson has about two decades of head coaching experience, including his start at Springdale and two stints at Deer Lakes.

"I've always been a big believer that when you're in a position of leadership, you need to surround yourself with knowledgeable and experienced people," Seth Thompson said. "I'd be foolish not to ask him to be an assistant."

Seth Thompson replaces Dan Swoger, who stepped down after three seasons to have more time to focus on his job as supervisor of special education in the school district.

This past season, Springdale finished 8-4 in Section 1-AA (11-12 overall) and lost in the preliminary round of the WPIAL playoffs. The Dynamos return two starters — senior guard Joe Killian and junior forward Charlie Guy.

"The thing I've always liked about Springdale is, Springdale kids always seem to have a feistiness," Seth Thompson said. "They work hard, and they don't quit."

The new coach plans to meet with prospective players soon and begin open gym workouts.

Springdale received seven applicants for the position and three were interviewed, according to athletic director Ray Davis.

Springdale is in the process of finding a new girls basketball coach. The school received six applicants for the position, and a candidate could be voted upon at the next board meeting Sept. 19, according to Davis.

Chad Sowers resigned after three seasons to spend more time with his family and focus on his job operating gyms in Murrysville and Greensburg.

Last season under Sowers, the Springdale girls finished 6-6 in Section 3-AA (10-13 overall) and lost a WPIAL preliminary-round playoff game.

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