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Posted: Saturday, July 2, 2011 12:00 pm

By Kevin Posival

Killeen Daily Herald

The Killeen Independent School District is expected to announce the next Shoemaker head football coach/campus athletic coordinator before noon today.

Multiple sources confirmed Friday that Pflugerville Connally offensive coordinator Channon Hall, a former assistant at Harker Heights, has apparently been offered the job to replace longtime Shoemaker coach Ken Gray.

However, Killeen ISD Athletic Director Tom Rogers would neither confirm nor comment on the hire and Hall did not return messages seeking comment Friday.

Hall was reportedly one of three candidates that interviewed Thursday night. Joining Hall were East Texas Baptist University linebackers coach Dan Burk and Kingsville King head coach Robert Wilcox.

Forty-two candidates applied for the opening and of those, 19 of the 22 that were called to interview went through a shotgun-style process Wednesday that lasted nearly eight hours.

Hall, 33, was an assistant coach under hall of fame coach Ross Rogers at Harker Heights for six years, leaving for 4A Connally when Rogers announced his retirement after the 2006 season. He has never held a head coach position.

Hall is a 1996 A&M Consolidated graduate, where he played under Rogers. Following a two-year stint (1999-2000) as a receiver at Texas A&M-Kingsville, he joined his old coach as a Knights football assistant in 2001.

Gray retired June 9 with a 29-81 record in 11 years as Shoemaker's only head football coach. The Grey Wolves have lost 22 straight games. The sixth-longest active streak in the state dates back to 2008, the only year Shoemaker made the playoffs during Gray's tenure.

KISD officials have maintained to name a replacement "as soon as possible," rapidly expediting the process to try to coincide with the beginning of the term of the one-year contract (July 1-June 29, 2012) listed on the job posting, which closed last Thursday.

Contact Kevin Posival at kposival@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7562.

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