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State board tables year-round coaching proposal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A proposal to allow year-round coaching of high school athletic teams was shot down Thursday by the West Virginia Board of Education.

Asked to approve the proposal from the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, an organization that governs high school athletics, cheer squads and marching bands, the school board opted instead to table the measure for further consideration.

“This is a topic that needs great study,” said Superintendent Michael Martirano, later adding that the decision to allow out-of-season coaching is not a simple one.

While Martirano is not a voting member of the board, the former high school principal said his experience in schools gives him insight to how such a decision may play out in West Virginia. He said the proposal raises too many concerns at this time.

“We need to think this through,” he said. “There are a lot of things to consider before we vote on this.”

The proposal, passed narrowly by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission last month, would have allowed coaches to conduct practices 50 weeks out of the year…

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