Parents concerned about football opening

BY ROBERT L. BAKER
Scott Custer’s son Kyle was on the ninth grade team that had just one loss this year.

Along with a number of other parents at Thursday’s Tunkhannock Area school board meeting, they wanted to know what was going on with the high school football coaching vacancy.

“We were under the impression that applications were to be in last Friday (Dec. 14),” White said. “We have fears of the unknown and want to know about who’s doing the interviewing and what’s the process (of hiring a new coach)?”

The school board announced at its Nov. 15 meeting that it would be looking for a new coach to replace Steve Jervis who had been at the helm since 2002.

TA superintendent Mike Healey acknowledged that the original application deadline had indeed passed for coaching openings in soccer and football.

Healey said that six persons had applied for the football position, but the board had hoped for a larger pool from which to select candidates.

So, Healey announced that the football position had been re-advertised with a Jan. 2 deadline for applications.

He said that sometime on or after Jan. 3, members of the board’s extracurricular committee would meet to review the applications and then turn over a list to the athletic director and probably the high school principal to screen and narrow the pool of candidates down to five.

“Our aggressive timeline now is that we would like to make an appointment at our meeting on the fourth Thursday in January,” Healey said.

White noted that many parents like herself had seen their kids through youth and community and junior varsity leagues, and she underscored the need for consistency, continuity and commitment to seeing these kids mature.

Board members Gerald Grimaud and Rob McCauley engaged the parents in a little dialog and said they were committed to filling the position just as soon as possible.

Grimaud said he appreciated the caring attitude demonstrated by so many parents present at the meeting.

McCauley said he was committed to finding the best man for the job, but reminded the parents the importance of the community and not just the coach.

He said they should not let up in the off season just because they didn’t know who the new coach would be. He said the parents needed to keep encouraging their children to do their best.