Patience will pay off in coaching search

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 20, 2006

When Mike Williams announced that he would have his name removed from consideration for the head coaching and athletic director position at Greenville High, the question of who would replace the interim coach came from everywhere.

Tailing that question was the question as to when the new coach will be in place.

It doesn't look like we'll know who the new coach is until later this month. Greenville Principal Dr. Kathy Murphy had hoped to have a recommendation by Thursday, but said Tuesday that she is sure that will not happen.

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But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

While it may seem like a lot of time has gone by before the announcement of a new coach, the work that Murphy has put into the search for a new coach is admirable because it is through her diligence and that of supporters of Greenville High that the best possible candidate be offered the job.

While we may live in a world in which everything is instantaneous the search for a new head football coach and athletic director should not be handled in our fast food lifestyles.

When the search is over, the best possible candidate will be recommended for approval by the board of education. And that's the way it's supposed to be.

You can look back on history of bad hires in the coaching world. There are schools still to this day that have egg on their face after making a bad hire.

George O'Leary looked to be a great fit for Notre Dame until it was learned that he lied on his resume.

Then you can only look a few miles up the road in Tuscaloosa with the hiring of Mike Price, who decided that coaches of his stature are commonly found in gentlemen's lounges.

Even folks at Auburn are still stinging after the hire of Terry Bowden. Sure an 11-0 season in 1993 was nice, but we all know that team was built by his predecessor.

There is a grocery list of bad hires that have been made at the college level because there seemed to be a rush to hire one over the other.

I think the board of education, superintendent Mike Looney, Murphy and her staff have seen what a rush job can get you. And by learning from other's mistakes, I don't see a mistake being made when the new coach is named later this month.

No matter who the coach may be, there is no doubting the effort and diligence that has been put forth to find a new coach at Greenville.

Kevin Taylor is sports editor of The Greenville Advocate. Call him at (334) 382-3111 ext. 122 or e-mail