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Spalding and company are staying

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By Jesse Osbourne

After resigning last week, Marion County High School Baseball Head Coach Chad Spalding has rescinded his resignation and will continue to coach next season.

Spalding and assistant coaches Marc Brock and Will Knight handed in their resignations on Monday of last week.

On Tuesday of last week at the school board meeting, the minutes were recorded that the contracts of those coaches were not renewed, implying that they were fired.

In past instances, a coach resignation that was recorded in the board minutes was recorded as having the resignation accepted. For instance, if a cheerleading coach resigned the board accepted the resignation and recorded such in the meeting minutes.

In a meeting with Marion County High School Principal Taylora Schlosser and Spalding on Monday morning, they announced Spalding and the assistant coaches were rescinding their resignations.

Schlosser said no coach was ever given a non-renewal of contract letter. She deferred questions about why it appeared as such to Superintendent Donald Smith.

Smith said the language had been mixed up when the school staff talked to the personnel staff. He added that the decision about Spalding and the assistants had always been the school's decision.

"I told her early and Stacey Hall early that I would back them," he said. "I don't micromanage and I let them make those decisions."

Over the course of the week, Schlosser and Spalding continued to voice their frustrations about the situation. Over the weekend Schlosser asked Spalding if he would like to rescind his resignation and he agreed to after thinking it over.

Schlosser said she was happy about the decision not only as a supervisor but as a parent. Her son plays in the middle school program currently and she hopes he will one day play varsity baseball for Spalding.

Spalding and Schlosser said the situation reached a low point because of frustrations on both sides. Schlosser was frustrated with miscommunications stemming from the program. Spalding and his coaches were frustrated with the lack of resources and complications that Title IX present in building an indoor practice facility.

Schlosser said she supports providing the proper facilities for athletic programs to be successful and that something should be done soon to get the ball rolling, even it just makes creating a slab of concrete.

Spalding said he is willing to make a facility accessible to the softball team if a facility is ever built.

Schlosser and Spalding said surrounding counties all have indoor facilities that give them a competitive advantage when practice begins on Feb. 15. If poor weather conditions occur early in the practice season, the baseball and softball teams are sent scurrying inside.

Schlosser also pointed out that funding is an obstacle to build an adequate facility. She cited that LaRue County has a facility for several sports that was paid for with up to $300,000 in donations and built with free labor. She noted that in times such as these, a project of that magnitude was hard to obtain.

She added that the facilities the team maintains the facilities they do have very well.

"I would put our facilities against any one else's," she said, referring to the Hourigan Field.

Spalding said his decision to rescind his resignation came after speaking with several former players and parents of players. Their support aided his decision to rethink resigning.

Spalding said there would be no changes to the coaching or volunteer staff affiliated with the program at this time.

"We're always looking to get better every day whether it be with staff or facilities," Spalding said. "The day we don't improve is the day I move on."