Carlisle athletic director Brad Horn said he anticipated an unusually quiet summer regarding personnel changes.
Brad Slatton’s hiring to replace Jayson Lowery atop the boys basketball program — the biggest change — was finalized a few weeks ago. It marks the 14th coaching change for the basketball Bison since 1994-95.
“My concern is for the kids,” said Horn, who is also high school principal. “We want to build a program and get back to where we were, but there’s no way to do that with a new coach every year. I talk about that in every interview. Stability is what is going to get us to where we need to be. We haven’t had that. That stability is very valuable to the kids in building a program.”
Although Slatton is expected to be the only new hire, there has been a shift in some responsibilities, Horn said.
Each Bison coach has responsibilities for two sports. Horn said Slatton would also be head track coach for boys and girls. Head football coach and offensive coordinator Mark Uhiren will serve as assistant track coach. Lonnie Roberson, defensive coordinator for the football team, will remain atop the softball program. Jonathan Buffalo, head girls basketball coach, will return to softball to assist Roberson, giving up track duties.
“He was a baseball guy in high school and was assistant softball before I got here,” Horn said of Buffalo.
Slatton and Buffalo will serve as each other’s basketball assistants.
Phil Bernhardt will remain as head baseball and assistant football coach. Logan Prince was expected to return as baseball assistant. Mike King will be an assistant in football and track and take the archery program, which Roberson had previously.