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757 Coaching Changes Continue

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"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The coaching changes continue throughout
Tidewater. While the 2013-14 campaign
officially ended less than two months ago, there have already been six schools
in the Hampton Roads area to see a coaching vacancy open with three being
filled so far.

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Dulin
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Head Basketball Coach at Churchland High School in
Portsmouth, while Tim Sparks is the
new Head Basketball Coach at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach.

115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Dulin
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who turned 36 on April 27th, elected to step down to spend more time with his
two young children. His son, Brody, is
five. His daughter, Kelsey, is three.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"It is the hardest decision I have ever made, but easily
could be the most rewarding. I will miss
being a coach every day, but I will never regret my decision.
style=> It is for my kids," Dulin
told VirginiaPreps.com.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"A basketball coach is all I ever wanted to be in life
. . . then I became a dad. There is only
one thing better than being called Coach and that's being called Dad."

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Thrust into a tough situation after previous Head Coach
Art Zeno became ill and passed away in 2009, Dulin
took over at Churchland and stabilized the program by guiding the Truckers to three
trips to the Eastern Region Tournament while there.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>In six seasons at Churchland,
Dulin compiled a record of 59-81.
style=> That was highlighted by a 13-11 mark his
first year and wins over Jack Baker's Maury squad and Darren
class=SpellE>Sanderlin's Booker T. Washington team in consecutive years
in the Eastern District Tournament to secure region playoff berths.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Before coaching at Churchland,
Dulin spent two seasons as the Head Coach at Alliance
Christian. As a player,
class=SpellE>Dulin scored over 1000 points in three seasons at Peninsula
Catholic and spent his senior year at Churchland,
concluding his career with 1343 points.
He played one year at Shenandoah University for
Dave Dutton, breaking his ankle twice and eventually ending his playing career
to focus on coaching.

115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Dulin
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noted that he will continue to teach Health & Physical Education and
class=SpellE>Churchland while remaining an active part of the community
there as well.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>For Sparks, it's his first crack at being a Head
Coach. He spent the last two seasons as
a full-time assistant coach at Virginia Wesleyan College under Head Coach Dave
class=SpellE>Macedo. Prior to
that, he was an assistant coach at Louisburg Junior College in North Carolina
and a grad assistant at Castleton State College in Vermont.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>"I am excited to put in the work and dedication there,
and help to bring about a positive cultural change with the boys basketball
program in the school," noted Sparks, who received his bachelor's degree in
Interdisciplinary Studies from Norfolk State University in 2007 and his Masters
in Education at Castleton State in 2010.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>At Princess Anne, Sparks replaces Derrick Canady, who
went 13-33 in two seasons at the helm.
The Cavaliers were 7-16 this past season and 2-10 in conference play.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Sparks has coached at the High School ranks before as
an assistant in Virginia Beach at both Green Run and Salem.

"Verdana","sans-serif"'>The Cavaliers haven't had a winning record or been to
the region playoffs since 2002-03. That
year, they finished 15-11 overall and won the Beach District Tournament under
Craig Doreen.

115%;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif"'>Churchland
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Warwick and Western Branch are now the vacant jobs in the '757' area code.
style=> Grassfield recently filled its position with Tony
Collins replacing Andy Schwerzler, while Taft Hickman
is taking over for Steve Loder at Kempsville.

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