As for Maconaquah’s interests, Off polled the coaches of his 19 varsity sports on their thoughts on a potential move to the TRC. Of the 16 that responded, 14 were in favor of the move.
Several coaches spoke to the board Tuesday, including volleyball coach Jessica Metcalf, football coach Mark Hartman and boys basketball coach Andy Steele.
Metcalf’s squad has a 21-match winning streak in MIC play, but was in favor of the move from a competition standpoint. She did voice her concerns over long travel times on school nights, however.
“The volleyball programs in the TRC are very competitive, and I feel it would toughen our schedule up,” Metcalf said. “Several of our losses in the last three seasons have come at the hands of teams in the TRC. I feel this tougher competition in the regular season may benefit our program to be more successful in the postseason.”
Hartman and Steele shared a similar train of thought. Whether in favor of one conference or another, they find it necessary to act before a lack of action leaves them with no options in terms of conference affiliation, which could lead to scheduling headaches.
“That last thing you want to do is leave yourself searching for games,” Hartmand said. “When you look at scheduling, nothing would be set in stone unless we’re in a [full] conference, until all the other schools got their conference schedules set. It would absolutely kill the program to have to miss weeks. Football is a Friday night thing, and you can’t put games in on a Monday or Wednesday. We don’t have a lot of wiggle room and would have to take what we could get. So, from a football point of view, I think it’s very important that we have something stable like the TRC.”