Coaching search down to three candidates
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Jan. 21, 2006 - The search for a new head football coach for Sulphur Springs High School is down to three candidates.

The three finalists are scheduled to be interviewed separately during a specially-called meeting of the Sulphur Springs ISD Board of Trustees at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the SSISD Administration Building.

The three finalists - whose names were not released by the district - emerged as the top candidates after a four-member committee interviewed nine coaches over a three-day span last week. The nine were culled from 35 applicants for the position of head football coach/athletic director, which became open in December.

The committee, composed of SSHS principal Chuck King, current athletic director Dwayne McMeans, SSISD assistant superintendent Randy Reed, and SSISD board member Foy Williams - all of whom are former SSHS coaches - is sending the three finalists to the school board, which will make the final decision.

The board will adjourn into closed session for the interview process.

The school board is scheduled to interview the candidates for one hour each on Tuesday, and could make a decision that evening. It's likely a new head coach will be hired before the end of next week.

That will give him a chance to set his own football schedule for the the next two years when the UIL releases its biennial redistricting plan on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The new coach will also need to familiarize himself and interview the current coaching staff and get prepared for spring training, which starts at the end of April. The new coach will also be allowed to bring two assistants with him immediately because SSHS has two classroom openings created when two assistant coaches went with departed head coach Brad Turner to Springtown this semester. The classes are currently being taught by two fulltime substitutes.

Turner submitted his resignation on Dec. 16, after accepting the job in Springtown. The SSISD accepted applications for almost a month before the committee started interviewing the top applicants last week.

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