One of the most prized coaching vacancies in the Valley is at South Hills, where longtime baseball coach Kevin Smith vacated his position to become the head coach at Mt. San Antonio College. Who will succeed Smith? I’ve heard some rumors and one that stands out is Northview’s Darren Murphy. I have no idea if Murphy, who won a championship at Northview and who has built his program into one of the areas best would leave, but sources tell me that he’s interested. I texted Murphy to ask if there was any truth to it all, but haven’t heard back. If there is one candidate already at South Hills that would be a logical successor to Smith it’s assistant Dan Roddy, who always comes across as a knowledgeable and competitive baseball guy. I’m sure there are many other well-known coaches interested in the position, which likely comes with a teaching job, so stay tuned. I’m sure South Hills will want to make a decision sooner rather than later.