Superintendent will coach girls basketball

Robert Smith
David Cash

Perhaps it’s a byproduct of March Madness, but Pawhuska school superintendent David Cash is rediscovering his passion for coaching basketball.

The Pawhuska Board of Education voted Monday night to authorize Cash to fill the post of varsity girls basketball coach for the 2019-2020 school year. He has previously coached both boys and girls basketball in several locales — Houston, Texas; Perry, Oklahoma; and Agra, Oklahoma are places he named.

Cash said he’s looking forward to taking on the role, particularly the portion of the job that will involve mentoring students. He is also quick to give credit to his assistant superintendent, Beverly Moore, whose experience and ability will be key to making this decision work. Moore, a veteran administrator, has experience as a superintendent.

“If Beverly wasn’t here, it wouldn’t be possible,” Cash said, commenting that Moore will be able to make administrative decisions in his stead when necessary.

The decision to name Cash the Pawhuska High School girls basketball coach came on the same night that a new Board of Education member took her seat, and that the board voted on rehiring decisions throughout the school district and also accepted several employee resignations.

Addie Roanhorse, a Pawhuska businesswoman and employee of the Osage Nation, took the oath to become a Board of Education members. She filled the seat previously held for a decade by Justin Sellers, who did not seek re-election this year. ON Principal Chief Geoffrey Standing Bear was on-hand to see Roanhorse sworn in.

In addition to Roanhorse joining the board, the panel reorganized itself by choosing new officers. Tom Boone is the new board president; he previously served as vice president. Scott Laird is the new vice president; he previously served as board clerk. Roanhorse is the new board clerk.