Colton, Yucaipa coaching searches in bit of a holding pattern

The search for new football coaches at Colton and Yucaipa High Schools are in a bit of a holding pattern as the schools approach their upcoming spring breaks.

Colton, which is replacing Harold Strauss — who was bumped up to athletic director over the summer — hoped to have Strauss’ successor picked by now, but logistical concerns within the school district has pushed the timetable back a bit.

“We are waiting for the district to give us approval to go ahead with the interviews,” Strauss said. “We have 7-10 guys that we will probably choose from, but we just are waiting for the school district to give the go-ahead before we proceed further.
“I just hope we get it done soon. We aren’t that far away from spring practice and if we bring in a coach from the outside, we’ll need that time to learn the new system.”

Yucaipa’s search to replace John Hallenbeck, who was let go last month after two years on the job, isn’t quite as far along, as athletic director Mark Anderson is still accepting applications for the position.

“Right now, we are considering the position as ‘open until filled,’” Anderson said. “We don’t want to put a time limit on applications because with this economy, you don’t want to shut anyone out. We have a good job here and we want to make sure we get the best candidates possible.”

Anderson added that he expected to have a better idea of what direction Yucaipa would go in toward the end of the month.