Chapel Hill: Sports

May 31, 2014

Carrboro, East Chapel Hill make haste on coaching searches

Both schools lost their football head coaches in the second half of the spring semester – late in the game for programs trying to hire someone new.

Both East Chapel Hill High School and Carrboro High School are in a hurry to find new football head coaches.

“I’ll be reviewing resumes this weekend,” East Chapel Hill Athletics Director Ray Hartsfield said. “My timetable is for us to have someone sometime in the month of June. That could be tough.”

Carrboro Athletics Director April Ross was a bit farther along in the process and expects to begin interviewing candidates soon.

Jason Tudryn resigned as head coach at Carrboro and left in late April to take a new position with the University of North Carolina’s football program as Director of High School Relations. On May 24, Jon Sherman told his players at East Chapel Hill that he would leave at the end of the school year for a staff position at Fayetteville Byrd.

Both announcements caught the high schools short on time. Most head coaches in North Carolina high schools had already signed their 2014 contracts early into the spring semester.

“It’s late. We know that,” Hartsfield said. “But this is still an inviting job to many people for many reasons. ...

“We want someone with good coaching experience and who will accept the challenge of building this program”

Since opening in 1996, East Chapel Hill has never finished with a winning season in football. While Carrboro is younger than East Chapel Hill and just in its seventh year of varsity competition, the Jaguars played for the 2A state championship in 2012.

Carrboro, which was able to post its current opening before May, received 32 resumes, Ross said. She is working with a search committee of representatives from the high school’s administration, the school district’s central office, coaches and parents.

“We are interviewing soon and hope to finalize a decision in the next two weeks concerning our football opening,” Ross said. She referred other questions about the hiring process to the district’s human resources department.

Hartsfield said he eventually would pass along recommendations to East Chapel Hill principal Eileen Tully for her review. Ultimately, the finalist must be approved by the school district’s administration and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board.

First, East Chapel Hill will cull candidates based upon what teaching positions are available at the high school. East has a tradition of requiring that head coaches be full-time teachers, though some exceptions have been made in the past.

“Sometimes, teaching positions disqualify some people. There’s nothing we can do about that,” Hartsfield said. “We want the football coach to be in the school house, to walk the halls and be with the kids. That’s always been our criteria.”

Sherman teaches civics and history at East Chapel Hill and will stay at his post through the end of classes this week.

“We appreciate that he’s here. He’s still doing a great job with the kids,” Hartsfield said. “He did not turn his back on the kids. He told them that he’ll be with them as long as he can, and that’s what he’s done.”

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