Tom Noto's successful four-year run as Belvidere's wrestling coach appears to be over.
Superintendent Dirk Swaneveld on Friday confirmed that Dan McIntyre will be recommended for hire at the next Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, June 15.
"The board wants to move in different direction and it will be an administrative and personnel recommendation to hire Dan McIntyre on Wednesday night," Swaneveld said.
Swaneveld said that Noto is scheduled to interview for the position at 9 a.m on Monday.
Noto, by all accounts, has been nothing but a model coach and employee at the Warren County school. According to Swaneveld, Noto is "A gentleman and a great guy."
So, why is Noto, who brought the school's dying program back to respectability, caught under the political wheel?
"(Athletic director) Jason Klebez and I feel bad about the situation," Swaneveld said. "There are a number of board members that want a change. The board told us to go out and get somebody, but they didn't realize we had someone in-house who is the best qualified candidate."
McIntyre last coached at Pleasant Valley High School in Pennsylvania. He is a former star wrestler at Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa., and is a highly regarded coach. McIntyre is a social studies teacher at Belvidere.
"His resume is outstanding," Swaneveld said. "And he is one of, if not the best teachers we have. Tommy did a great job with our gifted westlers. Maybe Dan can take them to an even higher level."
Klebez, a former baseball coach at Jefferson Township High School, also had high praise for Noto. Klebez took over as the school's AD in February.
"Tommy's been very positive," said Klebez, who guided Jefferson's baseball team to the North 1, Group 2 sectional final in 2009. "I've only known him for a few months. He's a dedicated individual and works well with our athletes. He's a good guy and we never had any issues."