Tupelo High School is expected to name a football coach this week, outgoing THS principal Mac Curlee said on Monday.
The selection would replace Eric Collins, who resigned last month after six seasons.
“We are prepared to submit a candidate to our superintendent (Randy Shaver) for his review,” said Curlee, who along with assistant superintendent Fred Hill and THS athletics director Danny Porter, headed up the search committee. “We feel like we’ve done a good job trying to meet all the criteria.”
Sources close to the selection process indicated that the finalists for the job include David Bradberry, an MHSAA official with previous head coaching experience (Greenwood, Clinton, St. Andrew’s) and current Golden Wave interim coach Lamar Aldridge.
The original deadline for interviews was Thursday.
“We’ve concluded all of our interviews,” Curlee said. “We don’t feel like we need to go any further.”
At the Tupelo’s school board meeting Dec. 8, the district approved a written code of ethics it expects from all of its coaches, including those already on the staff. These standards were used by the search committee in its evaluation of applicants.
Some of those guidelines are:
– Enable and encourage student athletes to participate in other sports and activities.
– Coach will be a “lead learner” for his or her department and participants.
– Models character traits such as discipline, leadership, responsibility, accountability, tolerance, forgiveness and a strong work ethic.
– Shows sensitivity to an individual’s circumstances and needs, demonstrating empathy and understanding.
Curlee, whose final day on the job is Friday, said “two dozen, give or take a few” applicants were received.
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