It won’t be long before a pair of local high schools are ready to announce the hiring of new football coaches.
Monroeville athletic director Ben Paul said Monday he hopes to make an announcement within the next two weeks.
A search committee has been interviewing candidates recently to replace former coach Dan Periat, who resigned after the 2013 season.
Periat posted a 15-26 record in his four years at the helm.
The Eagles were 8-3 in Periat’s first season — 2010 — and qualified for the Division VI playoffs where they were defeated by Thompson Ledgemont in the first round, 47-21.
The Eagles were 2-8 in 2011, 4-6 the following year and 1-9 in 2013.
Periat had taken over for Monroeville coaching legend Steve Ringholz, who led the Eagles from 1978 to 2009 before retiring.
“We’re not quite through with our process,” Paul said, adding the committee conducted first- and secondround interviews.
The field has been narrowed to four candidates.
Paul said close to 35 applicants were interested in the position.
“Half of those were from out of state and I had to eliminate half because we did not have the teaching positions they were interested in,” he said. Paul was expected to meet with the Monroeville school board Monday night to update the board members on the process and gather their input.
“Ideally, I’d like to have someone hired in the next two weeks,” he said.
“None of the assistants from last year threw their hat into the ring,” Paul added. The school board does the official hiring.
At South Central, the Trojans are also looking for a new football coach.
Former head coach Aaron Brokaw resigned after leading South Central for the past two seasons and compiling an overall mark of 3-17.
The Trojans finished 3-7 in 2012, Brokaw’s first year on the job, and were 0-10 in 2013.
By Scott Seitz
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