Pratt Community College athletic director Kurt McAfee has his hands full this spring.
Not only does he have to replace his men’s basketball coach but also his volleyball coach.
The Barton Board of Trustees ratified the hiring of Trevor Rolfs as athletic director and Patrick Hall as volleyball coach on Thursday during their monthly meeting.
Rolfs was the basketball coach at Pratt the last six seasons. Hall was the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Western Division Coach of the Year in three of his five seasons with the Beavers.
“It’s not surprising that Barton approached him about the position,” McAfee said of Hall. “I absolutely feel like he’s the best coach in the conference, there’s no doubt in my mind.
“We have good (volleyball) coaches in the conference, don’t get me wrong. Pat is very solid with fine-tuning of the mechanics of each kids’ swing (while attacking) and where their feet should be.”
The lure of having a full-time assistant coach was a calling card for Hall, something he didn’t have at Pratt. The Beavers won the Jayhawk West crown in 2010 while he gained his third coaching honor, although they were eliminated from postseason play at the Region VI tournament in Wichita.
“There were a couple things we talked about before he took the job,” McAfee said. “One is that he will now have a full-time assistant (at Barton) and we don’t have an assistant at Pratt. We have a part-time assistant.
“Another thing is that the only duties he’ll have (at Barton) is coaching. He was also the SID (sports information director) at Pratt. Those were huge things for him.”
Hall replaces former BCC head coach/assistant athletic director Jamie Cabral, who led the Cougars to the NJCAA national tournament in 2010. Cabral was asked to resign after being accused of giving impermissible benefits to one of his international players in the form of rent money.
“It was nice that we won the conference championship,” McAfee said of Hall’s final season with the Beavers. “That’s something that has a possibility at Barton every year.
“The other thing is that it’s a good climate at Barton, a little bit more of a competitive environment from the administration. Our administration’s focus is on academics, and athletics isn’t as much of an emphasis put on it as it is at competitive places. It’s more of a competitive atmosphere for him.”