Search officially begins for new football coach and AD
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 6, 2006 - The SSISD could name a new head football coach and athletic director within a month, pending the school board's approval of a tentative timeline, Superintendent Patsy Bolton said Friday.

Bolton met with SSHS principal Chuck King and current athletic director Dwayne McMeans on Thursday to talk about the qualifications and ground rules for replacing Brad Turner, who started in Springtown on Jan. 2.

The tentative plan will be presented to the SSISD Board of Trustees during its regular meeting on Monday.

The head coach/athletic director position was posted on the school's website on Dec. 16, and the district will likely stop taking applications on Jan. 13.

During the three weeks the job has been posted, the district has received more than 20 applications, and several other coaches have contacted the district by phone.

Under the tentative plan discussed on Thursday, the district will appoint a committee, which will likely include King, McMeans, SSISD assistant superintendent Randy Reed and possibly a board member or two. The committee will sort through the applications to get the best handful of candidates.

The committee may either interview the candidates or it could bring them to the school board as a whole for an interview. That is something that will be discussed Monday during the board meeting.

Bolton, though, said she would like to move quickly once the application process is over.

"We hope to move on this very quickly," she said. "I'd like to see us schedule these interviews by the end of the month."

She said under that timeline, the district could have a new coach in place by the first week of February.

Getting someone in place is important because football spring practice begins in late April or early May. A new head coach not only has to get his program in place, he will need to interview assistant coaches who are here and possibly bring in a few other coaches with him.

"Getting this done quickly is very important, but also we need to spend enough time to get the right person," Bolton said. "We want someone who can make the transition a positive experience."

She said there have been discussions about what qualifications that person will have.

"Naturally, we want someone who can motivate, and we want someone who will not only build character, but we also want to have a winning team," she explained. "I think it all goes together."

The district is also looking for someone to "get involved in the community," who has a good reputation, can work well with other teachers, and can build support throughout the school staff and community.

"Dream up the perfect person and coach," Bolton said, "and that's who we want."

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