By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
With high school football spring training approaching, Killeen ISD administrators do not have a lot of time to contemplate the Harker Heights Knights without head coach Ross Rogers.
At the end of February, Rogers' retirement will be official and his replacement could be just weeks away.
"We're hoping to have someone in place by spring break," said Martin Allen, Killeen ISD Executive Athletic Director. "I've already had several calls from folks that are qualified and some that are not qualified. I feel sure that we will have a number of people that are interested."
Rogers will stay in his position at Harker Heights High School until the end of February, when he leaves to begin work for sports equipment maker Riddell.
Allen said the position was posted late last week and would remain so until Feb. 9. Once the deadline passes, the school district will review the applications and put each through a screening process to sort the probables from the impossibles.
Among the qualifications listed for the athletic coordinator and head football coach position is a minimum of two years as a Texas high school head football coach and at least 10 years of coaching at the Class 3A level or higher.
Rogers announced his retirement on Jan. 13, ending a coaching career that has spanned from high school to college and back to high school over a 32-year period.
Rogers, a 1971 graduate of Killeen High, coached the A&M Consolidated Tigers into three state finals, including a state championship in 1991.
In 2000, Rogers returned to the Killeen area to build the Harker Heights' football and athletic program from the ground up in the high school's first year.
Under Rogers, the Knights have gone to the playoffs six of the last seven years and he was the first Texas coach to win a district championship in the first year of a new high school. He is also the first Texas high school coach to win 14 or more games in four consecutive seasons.
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