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Tuesday, Apr 30 2013 06:19 PM

New GM Olver making 'short list' of coaching job candidates

BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer mgriffith@bakersfield.com

It's been just under three weeks since John Olver was hired as the general manager of the Bakersfield Condors, and he's already made a major decision.

He's found a house in southwest Bakersfield and will soon being the process of moving from Boise.

"That's one off my check list," he said on Tuesday.

Finding a new home has been easier than finding the next head coach for the Condors, which is Olver's No. 1 priority.

The problem hasn't been finding a candidate -- the Condors have received 50 applications, many of them high-quality, Olver said.

But with such a crucial decision, Olver said he is taking his time perusing applications while leaving the door open for any coaches who may have an interest in the job but are otherwise still occupied, such as in playoff action.

"I'm trying to build a short list while waiting to give the process some time, so we get the best possible candidate," Olver said. "This is the time of year coaches become available. Some expected, some not expected. The list of applicants is growing by the day.

"As much as I'd like to get something in place sooner than later it's in the best interest of the organization to have patience, let things unfold."

That said, Olver said he is working hard to narrow down his search and is hopeful of having a decision by the end of the month.

"We don't want to wait until July, but waiting a few more weeks won't hurt our recruiting," he said. "I would say we'd like to have a coach in place by late May although our preference would be sooner."

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