The fate of the Rim Country Middle School cross country team hinges on first-year Maverick Athletic Director Tim Fruth finding a qualified coach.
At press time, Fruth was scouring the school and community to find a coach, but the position remained unfilled.
"If we don't find one, we might have to cancel the program," he said.
Last year's coach, Fruth's wife Carolyn, could not return to the slot due to her work responsibilities in the middle school office.
Although the Mavericks are lacking a cross country coach, the remainder of the staff is filled.
In softball, Lady Longhorn varsity coach Will Dunman returns for the second year to head the Maverick eighth grade team.
Former Lady Horn softball coach Gary Ritter will oversee the seventh-grade program.
In football, Rory Huff and Eric Santana are slated to coach the eighth-grade Maverick team. Last season, the eighth graders waltzed through the White Mountain League campaign undefeated under the direction of coach Dave Blalock and Ned Schall.
On the seventh-grade level, Mark Henning and Ned Schall will handle the coaching duties.
In the athletic director's office, Fruth takes over for Bill Bowling who resigned his position this summer to become a Spanish teacher at the high school.
Fruth is no stranger in athletic circles, having been a former high school football assistant and a once highly successful coach of the girls basketball program.
For several years, he also has been active in officiating prep football and basketball games. Before taking over as the middle school athletic director, Fruth was a business teacher at Payson High School.
Anyone interested in the cross country coaching position should call Fruth at 474-4511.