By Raegan Stanley
Killeen Daily Herald
Florence Independent School District is in the process of reuniting the head football and athletic director positions after head coach Greg Carter stepped down.
Carter and the Buffaloes went 1-9 last season, ending up tied for last with the Lago Vista Vikings in District 25-2A. Carter's overall record at Florence is 25-36. While that may not sound impressive, Carter did manage to bring a program that was winning an average of two games a year up to an average four victories each season after he started at Florence.
"It's a situation where we've busted our humps," Carter said of the coaches and players. "Four wins isn't good enough for me and my goals and it's not enough for the program."
"Every program comes to a crossroads where you need to see improvement both in academics and athletics," said superintendent Mike Martindale.
Carter, who is in his eighth year with in the district, has taught subjects ranging from biology and integrated physics and chemistry to health, PE, "and wherever they needed," laughed Carter. He was both head football coach and athletic director for five years before the jobs were split for this school year.
Martindale said he decided to divide the job to take pressure off of each position.
"We just wanted him to be able to focus on just being a football coach," said Martindale. "We are going to transition back, because to be competitive in 2A you almost have to combine the positions because of the salary and in order to get the candidate pool selection that we want."
As of Wednesday, Florence ISD was poring through the applications of 130 candidates.
"It is an ongoing, well, or enduring process," laughed the current AD, Steven Ham.
Ham said that he will remain as an administrative AD as well assistant principal and truant officer in the district.
"This will let me go back to making sure kids are in school and students are doing what they need to be doing," Ham said.
"This was not an ugly ordeal," stressed Carter. "It was a situation where I felt like if I was going to achieve what I needed too, then I needed to move on."
Carter emphasized that he will miss his kids tremendously when he moves on.
"The athletes are my boys, they're family. I have truly been blessed in the past eight years," Carter said.
Martindale said Carter is a well-respected person around the Florence ISD campus.
There will be a public forum held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in the Florence High School Cafeteria on Monday to discuss the desired attributes in the position.
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