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Mooney athletics gets 3 new faces

July 13, 2017
By Nik Zirounis , Town Crier

Three new coaches will represent four different athletic teams at Cardinal Mooney this upcoming scholastic season.

Mooney's Director of Admissions and Marketing Rebecca Bayley made the announcement in a recent press release.

"Mooney High School is happy to announce three new additions to the athletic department beginning this 2017/2018 academic year," said Bayley.

The trio of William Cene, Jason Baker and Jennifer Policy all bring unique skill sets and strong levels of prior success with them to the Cardinals' staff.

Cene was named the head boys golf coach. His knowledge of golf is surpassed only by his knowledge instructing students. Cene earned a BSBA degree in education from Youngstown State and has worked as a volunteer head coach in youth athletics since 2004. Most recently, Cene was a ranking board member for Austintown girls softball. Mooney's hierarchy is excited to bring Cene on board.

"Mr. Cene's enthusiasm and organizational skills are impressive," said Mooney principal Mark Vollmer in a recent phone conversation. "He is strong in community involvement. We believe he'll be able to keep up our boys' winning tradition."

Speaking of winning, that is something Baker has done a lot of during his previous coaching tenures. That is a huge reason why he was selected to redirect the Mooney girls basketball squad. Baker has a B.A. in physical education from Muskingham College, where he also came away with his teaching certificate. He has an esteemed history of athletic achievement as well. Baker spent 10 years as a basketball head coach at Heath High School, Austintown Fitch and Columbiana. In 2014 and 2015 he was an assistant girls coach at Canfield and helped the Lady Cardinals pick up an All American Conference championship. Baker comes to Mooney from the Conotton Valley School District where he served as Athletic Director. The Mooney ladies finished with an average 11-10 record last season and lost to archrival Ursuline three times including in the state district semifinals. There is a sense around the school that Baker can advance the Lady Cardinals past the district round next winter.

"We're very excited in what Mr. Baker has to offer," said Vollmer. "He has an amazing resume and a winning track record. His experience as an athletic director is important too. He has great foresight and knows the direction he wants to go (with the basketball program)."

The name Policy is certainly a familiar one at Mooney. Jennifer Policy has been a teacher at CMHS since 1998 and she currently acts as the head of the institution's science department. She also supervises Mooney's robotics team and yearbook. She has a B.S. and MSED from YSU so her eagerness to help young people learn should aid her as she begins her first season as boys and girls tennis head coach. Tennis is nothing new to Policy as she is a longtime club and recreational player. It is expected that her experience in the science lab and the relationships she has built during her time with the Cardinal kids should make the Mooney teams thrive.

"Hopefully her success in the classroom translates to the tennis court," said Vollmer. "(Policy) has great enthusiasm and a great rapport with the students."



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