The Killeen Independent School District will start interviewing today for the position of head boys basketball coach at Shoemaker High School.
An interviewing committee will meet with 14 candidates for first-round interviews as they look to fill the vacancy. The committee could opt to select a group of finalists or single out just one for a second round of interviews before a hire is made, said John Craft, the district’s deputy superintendent.
“There’s not a set timeline simply because when you start with a pool of 14 applicants, getting down to the finalists or finalist takes a little bit of time, obviously, to interview that many applicants,” Craft said. “Obviously, the goal is just as soon as possible.”
A hiring committee consisting of director of athletics Tom Rogers, assistant director of athletics Kim Wilson, Shoemaker principal Ron Gray, Shoemaker campus athletic coordinator and head football coach Channon Hall and the district’s executive director for student services Joseph Welch will meet with the candidates looking for the right fit for the Shoemaker program.
According to the district’s public information officer Leslie Gilmore, KISD received 48 applicants for the position, which was left open when former coach Marc Minatrea was reassigned earlier this year.
“The larger the pool, the more interest, but also the more likely we’re going to get that exact fit that we’re looking for,” Craft said. “I felt like it was a good number, a really strong number. It’s an indication that it is a sought-after position and it’s a job that is attractive to basketball coaches across the state.”
Minatrea went 133-94, including 52-42 in district, during his seven-year stay as the Grey Wolves’ head coach. Shoemaker made the playoffs three times during his tenure, including in the last two seasons.
The Grey Wolves flirted with a shot at the district championship before earning the second seed in District 8-5A in 2012-13, and finished the season at 26-9 following a first-round playoff loss to Cedar Hill.
It’s the second time in as many years the district is looking for a head boys basketball coach. Former Killeen coach Jason Fossett left after the 2011-12 season to become the head coach at Flower Mound. KISD only accepted internal applicants for that opening, which was filled by Reggie Huggins, a former assistant principal at Killeen.
“As far as this position this year, again, it goes back to we’re looking at filling this position and trying to find the absolute best fit, whether that is someone internally or externally,” Craft said. “We wanted to open it up and allow the hiring process to take care of itself. In essence, we wanted to explore all options with candidates.”