A new head football coach at Auburn Mountainview could be announced as soon as next week, according to athletic director Murray Johnson.
Johnson said the hiring process is in the final stages with the school district conducting background checks on the top one or two candidates (he wasn’t sure which, noting that traditionally two persons are recommended, in order of preference). This has been spring break week for Auburn, which slowed the process a bit.
“We had an outstanding field of candidates,” Johnson said.
Mike Clancy, who started the football program when Auburn Mountainview opened in 2005, resigned last fall.
Kent-Meridian and Kentlake also are in midst of hiring new football coaches, but those decisions are “on hold” due to the Kent School District’s budget shortfall, according to Dave Lutes, district AD.
“With the hiring freeze, the whole thing becomes complicated,” he said. “We’re treading slowly.”
The schools are free to fill the coaching vacancies left by Trevor Roberts (K-M) and Mike Shepard (Kentlake), Lutes said, but are hoping to have teaching positions to go along with them. The district has until May 15 to let current teachers know if they are not going to be rehired for 2010-11, which would impact the situation.
“Hopefully by mid-May, we’ll be able to make a firm offer,” Lutes said. “We’re just trying to be patient.”
Shepard leaves Kentlake after four seasons as head coach. He also had been an assistant in the program and Lutes verified he had been asked to step down. Roberts headed the K-M program for three years and is leaving the school to become a sales representative for Riddell. He also will be an assistant coach at PLU, serving as offensive coordinator.
Gary Jeffers was recently hired as Puyallup’s head coach to replace the retiring Tom Ingles.
We will continue to track these coaching changes and any others that come to our attention.