Morenci school board 4.16

Written by David Green.

By KIM EKINS

Morenci football fans will see a familiar face on the sidelines when the season opens in August.

Former head coach Dan Hoffman was hired Monday night to serve as head varsity coach for the 2008 season.

Audience members Phil and Pat McCaskey inquired about the board of education’s decision-making process.

“There were about 15 applicants,” board member Gary Ries said. “We narrowed it down to four candidates and we interviewed those four. A lot of applicants were from far away. We interviewed who we thought were the best candidates.”

Superintendent Kyle Griffith explained that the board was not obligated to give the names of all four candidates.

“So you’ve just made your decision and that’s it,” said Pat McCaskey.

“What’s the hurry in naming a coach?” asked Phil McCaskey. ”Maybe someone will apply for a teaching position who would make a good coach.”

“Ultimately that is what we would have liked,” Griffith answered. “But none of the candidates we had were a good fit with our teaching openings.”

“Dan Hoffman was replaced previously,” said Phil McCaskey. “Why would he be a coaching candidate?”

“Historically we have had a tough time keeping coaches around,” said Griffith. “There are still six or seven on our staff right now that are head coach material who will not take a head coaching job.”

“Parents have been so tough on coaches that some of our toughest head coaches will not return to head coaching positions.”

Griffith added that Coach Hoffman was given a list of expectations for the football program by the board of education.

“We hope to see the football program grow from the Junior Dawgs right on up through the varsity team,” Griffith said.

BOND—Griffith said the “Vote Yes” committee is doing a great job at getting the word out about the bond proposal that voters will face in May.

“We have some great community members behind the ‘Vote Yes’ committee,” he said. “That’s a big plus when business owners back the school.”

PERSONNEL—Kim Mohr was hired as assistant high school track coach for the 2007-08 season.

Heidi Drake was granted third year probation, effective during the 2008-09 school year.

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