|The search is on for a new football coach|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Dec. 17, 2005 - The search for a new head football coach/athletic director is officially on for the Sulphur Springs ISD.
Brad Turner, head coach for five years, turned in his resignation to SSHS principal Chuck King on Friday, and by Saturday the job was posted on the SSISD website.
While Turner was strictly head football coach, the new position will be a combination of coach and athletic director. Current AD Dwayne McMeans, who is also assistant principal at SSHS, went halftime this school year, which opened up the probability of the positions being combined.
Assistant Superintendent Randy Reed is the contact person for coaches to apply for the position, though Superintendent Patsy Bolton said a committee will likely be formed to wade through the applications. Administrators expect more than 100 applicants.
The committee may not be named until the next school board meeting, which is currently set for Monday, Jan. 9, though the board could meet earlier as long as the meeting is posted three days in advance.
The SSISD couldn't officially post the job opening until Turner turned in his resignation, but by that time, the word was already out on high school coaching and football websites.
Turner accepted the head football coach/AD position in Springtown on Monday after his hiring was approved by the Springtown school board, but he didn't sign a contract until Thursday. He then returned to Sulphur Springs to turn in his resignation and clean out his office. He will start in Springtown on Jan. 2, 2006.
He and his oldest son, junior quarterback Logan Turner, will both go to Springtown for the opening of the spring semester. The Turners' house in Sulphur Springs sold on the same day is was put for sale, which will enable his wife, Paula, and two other children to join them in Springtown earlier than they had hoped.
Two assistant coaches, offensive coordinator and line coach John Albritton, and defensive coordinator Robert Wallace, will also move to Springtown to start the spring semester.