A former assistant coach has been named head varsity football coach at Panther Valley High School.

Matt Davis, who served as an assistant coach for several years at Panther Valley, was awarded a two-year contract last night by the school board.

A seventh grade math teacher at Panther Valley Middle School, Davis will receive a $4,100 salary in his first year of coaching. An increase in salary is planned for the second year.

Davis succeeds Lon Hazlet, who has been the head coach for the past three years.

Athletic Director Kristen Black said she is pleased with the hiring of Davis.

"He'll be a great asset to our whole athletic program," she said.

The last two coaches for Panther Valley have been brought-in from outside the school district.

Davis also was hired as an assistant baseball coach.

Numerous spring sports coaches were also hired by the board. They are:

Softball

James Hull, $2,700.

Jill Zwiesdak, $1,700.

Jennifer Bensinger, $1,300.

Tim Robb, volunteer.

Baseball

John Cooper, $3,350.

Jimmy Kravelk, $2,225.

Matt Davis, $1,750.

Phil Shelton Jr., volunteer.

Jeff Szczecina, volunteer.

Track and Field

Kristin Black, $2,650.

Frank Damian, $1,525.

Candice Gimbor, $1,525.

Fenton Black, volunteer.

Justin Christman, volunteer.

Paul McArdle, volunteer.

Pat Crampsie, volunteer.

Michelle Markovich, volunteer.

Brent Reabold, volunteer.

Approved as winter sports workers for the 2013-14 school year, at a rate of $25 per event, are:

Ann Marie Williams, tickets.

Mary Louise Gauronsky, scorebook keeper, event staff worker.

Ted Gauronsky, scorebook keeper.

Rich Gilbert, Melissa Gilbert, and Dick McIntyre, all clock workers.

Brandon Heffelfinger and Robert Thomas, scorebook keeper.

Jenny Hood, event staff worker.

Richard Evanko, Matt Davis, John Horvath, and Rick Morgans, subs for all positions.

Spring sport workers approved, at a rate of $25 per event, are:

Keith Gogal, Mary Louise Kauronsky, Melanie Gilbert, Rich Gilbert, David Spence, Ted Gauronsky, Greg Gauronsky, Patrick Crampsie, Jen Jones.

Also Kerry Jones, Terry Bonner, Rick Morgans, Mark Lavine, Charley DePuy, John Williams (volunteer), Jon Williams, Ann Marie Williams, Candice Gimbor, John Horvath, Edward Kocha, Adrienne Bonner, Fenton Black, Justin Christman, and Mindy Penberth.