PRESCOTT - The search continues for the next head football coach at Prescott High School, but when exactly the hiring committee will come to a conclusion on its research and interview process is yet to be seen.
That's because the "process" is never easy, Prescott athletic director Missy Townsend said.
"Unfortunately, one of the most difficult challenges with finding a qualified coach for any sport at the high school level is that many coaches are also teachers," Townsend said. "As such, they are looking for a teaching position."
And since it's mid-school year, those "challenges" are greater than ever.
"It is nearly impossible to determine when or if a teaching position will open up for a candidate to be considered," Townsend said. "The athletic department has been looking for qualified candidates, and at the same time trying to find someone who can prepare to take over the programs this spring and summer."
The football hiring committee consists of a long time community member and Prescott alum, the physical education department chair, a current football parent, a current football booster member, a current varsity head coach for the Badgers and a current student athlete.
A little over six weeks ago, Cody Collett announced to his coaching staff, his players and the administration that he would be resigning his position as head football coach. And in May, he will be leaving his teaching post for a similar teaching/head football coach position at Queen Creek's Poston Butte High School.
The athletic department has reportedly received 34 applications for the head football coaching position, and the hiring committee is currently sifting through each one to find the best possible candidate.
Townsend said the committee will narrow it down to five applicants for a first round of interviews, which are scheduled to begin early next week.
The five names being interviewed to lead the football program, or what teaching positions are possibly available for the 2016-17 school year, will not be released at this time, Townsend said.
In his four years leading the Badgers, Collett compiled a 27-14 overall record with one state playoff appearance, which came during his first season in the fall of 2012.
After he tenured his resignation on Dec. 9, 2015, Collett told The Daily Courier: "The kids at Prescott are the best I've ever coached, and it's been a great four years.
"The community's been awesome. I've been blessed."
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