At a special meeting, the Trumann School Board gave a detailed description of their process of searching for a new head football coach. The meeting involved discussion of only the procedures that are being followed in the search, with no names mentioned.
"Everyone is very interested in the school hiring such a visible position such as a head football coach," said Superintendent Myra Graham. "It is very exciting to the whole community."
The school has received numerous applications for the position, applicants ranging from first year assistant coaches to experienced head coaches. Graham said they are mostly taking into consideration the senior high head coach applicants with experience, but intend to look at all of the applicants very thoroughly.
Graham has thoroughly interviewed three potential new head coaches already.
"These interviews have lasted up to two and a half hours because we want as much detail as possible," said Graham.
The main topics discussed with the applicants involve leadership, philosophy, discipline, football knowledge, and a wide variety of other character questions. Graham, while taking extensive notes during each interview, has gone as far as asking how every minute of a "typical Tuesday" practice would be used.
"They have their practices very organized, and resourceful," she said. "We want someone who has consistency and commitment to the program."
Student interaction and community involvement are topics of interest during the interviews, as well. This is to gain an understanding of how the coach will interact with students one on one and be involved in the community outside of coaching.
"One of our main points during these interviews and looking at these applications is parental and community involvement," said Jim Montgomery, Trumann Athletic Director. "If they haven't had background showing they are in it, we aren't interested."
Montgomery said he has received the impression from the three interviewed that they were all going to be a big part of the community.
"Student interaction is important, because you have to get to know your kids," said assistant superintendent David Rutledge. "Football coaching is a 12 month job that requires a lot of attention."
Graham plans to interview more in order to be very thorough in their search for the new position. She said the board met in order to aid members in answering any questions that the community may have about the process. They plan to go into more detail in the February meeting.