Wildcats football coach/athletic director could be filled by Feb. 3
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 10, 2006 - The Sulphur Springs ISD Board of Trustees approved a plan on Monday that could have a new head football coach/athletic director in place by Feb. 3.

In its regular meeting, the board approved a proposal from Superintendent Patsy Bolton in which the district will accept applications through Friday, have a committee interview the top candidates over a two-week period, and then have the board hire a new head coach by the first Friday in February.

The committee will be composed of four former coaches: SSHS principal Chuck King, current athletic director and assistant high school principal Dwayne McMeans, SSISD assistant superintendent Randy Reed and SSISD board member Foy Williams.

"I don't know how many candidates or who they will be interviewing," Bolton said. "It will be up to them."

As of Monday, the district had received 28 formal applications, though that number is expected to increase by the filing deadline as a large number of coaches have contacted the district by phone to get preliminary information.

After the committee goes through the first round of interviews, the top "two or three" candidates will be brought to the board for another interview, Bolton said.

"Hopefully, a decision can be made by Feb. 3," she explained.

That date dovetails with the Feb. 2 announcement of the UIL's biennial redistricting plan. The new districts will be released at 9 a.m., and football schedules for the next two years are usually firmed up by noon that day.

The board has not scheduled a meeting yet to approve a new coach, though they do have a Jan. 17 meeting to discuss a construction manager. During that meeting, the board can be updated on the search for a new coach.

The new coach will take the place of Brad Turner, who resigned in December after five seasons to become head coach/AD at Springtown. He started there Jan. 2.

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