MOUNT VERNON — Dennis Roloff will coach again, after all.
Mount Vernon High School principal Steve Brand announced Friday that Roloff will lead the Mustangs’ varsity girls’ basketball team next season.
“I have personally talked to many of his former colleagues and opposing coaches,” Brand said. “Unanimously, they confirmed Coach Roloff to be a person of high integrity who puts winning second to building up the positive characteristics in young people.”
The hire is pending board approval Monday.
Roloff, 59, compiled a 314-165 record in 21 years at Cedar Rapids Kennedy, taking five teams to state.
His contract was not renewed at Kennedy after the 2011-12 season. He has been replaced by Tony Vis, formerly of Harlan High School.
“I still have a love for the game, and I wasn’t ready to give up coaching,” Roloff said Friday afternoon. “I’m lucky there is an administration that feels I have something to offer and that I can be of value to this team.”
Roloff succeeds Bob Kintzel, who coached Mount Vernon to the 2010 Class 2A state championship. The Mustangs were 3A runners-up in 2011.
Kintzel resigned earlier this month, saying he wanted to devote more time in watching his daughters — Shelby and Courtney — play volleyball at the University of Northern Iowa. Kintzel posted a 102-19 mark in five years.
“I know Coach Kintzel developed a strong program. I hope to continue that,” Roloff said. “They’ll be hard shoes to fill. It will be a nice challenge.”
Mount Vernon won the Wamac Conference East Division title last year. Three of the top five scorers from that team return — juniors Miranda Chapman, Laura Deininger and Gabby Kolker.
Chapman said via Twitter on Friday: “I guess change can be for the better. Time will tell.”