Search for new Trojan head coach already underway

Published 7:50 pm Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Less than an hour after the news of Jamey Dubose resigning from Charles Henderson, Dr. Lee Hicks’ phone started ringing off the hook.

Hicks, Troy City Schools Superintendent, he has received over 40 phone calls from interested coaches in the last 36 hours.

“My phone has been blown up since Tuesday,” Hicks said. “Head coaches from across the state of Alabama have contacted me, as well as four coaches from Georgia. They have said they are interested in what we have here at Charles Henderson. With that early interest, I think we will find a great fit.”

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The job opening was posted Wednesday morning, and Hicks said the calls from potential coaches picked up throughout the day.

However, no announcement will be made until the mandatory two-week advertising period ends on June 11.

“We are going to through the two-week process required by the state of Alabama,” Hicks said. “There is no timetable set for right now.”

Dubose resigned his position of Charles Henderson head football coach and athletic director Tuesday to accept the head-coaching job at Central High School in Phenix City.

One of the biggest selling points, Dubose said, of the new job was that it did not have any athletic director duties associated with it. Dubose said he would be “strictly coaching ball.”

Both Hick and Charles Henderson High School principal Boyd English feel splitting the duties of the head coach and athletic director are not needed at smaller schools.

“It is not in the plans at this time to split the duties,” Hicks said. “The next head football coach will still have the same duties as the previous.”

English, a former coach, said that many of the duties of the athletic director fall on the principal.

“Being the head football coach is a full-time job, so a lot of the time the athletic director duties fall in the principal’s lap,” English said. “We try to share those duties as much as we can and keep it streamlined. At the 5A level, it is not as cumbersome as at some of the larger school. At 7A, the duties probably need to be split, but I don’t think it is necessary here.”

English and Hicks are expected to sit down Thursday or Friday to stamp out a course of action in order to hire a new coach as quickly as possible.

The duo agrees that a quick hire is important, as the first game of the season is less than 90 days away.

“We should have a good timetable by Thursday or Friday,” English said. “It won’t take long because time is of the essence.”