Source: Blair has its man, now waiting on screening process …

Blair has found its next varsity football head coach, but is waiting for him to clear the screening process before an announcement is made, according to a source.

The program has been without a coach since Gary Parks resigned after the 2011 season, after spending four years at the school.

The school’s initial hiring process turned out poorly with its final three choices not ending up with the job for reasons varying from a failed background check to lack of a teaching a job to poor equipment and facilities.

Blair opens the season on Aug. 24 against Hoover. The Vikings have not had an organized practice since June, according to defensive end Logan McClain.

Even when a new head coach is named, the school may not be out of the woods because there may not be enough players to a field a varsity team.

Aram’s take: At least the process is moving along. We’ll have to see what kind of player turnout there is once a new coach is named. I’m speculating, but perhaps the school will only field a frosh team this season. Safety is becoming an issue with each passing day. Granted, CIF rules state a team needs only 14 practices before it can play its first game and players need only 10, but if the rest of your competition has been holding workouts and practices and conditioning and passing games ALL SUMMER LONG and you haven’t, then they’re gonna be way ahead of you timing-wise and that can create problems.

  • http://WWW.PASADENASPORTSHALLOFFAME.ORG PASHOFPAL

    A step in the right direction.

    However, considering how late their selection came, not to mention the anxiety fixed with the hiring process i.e. another failed background check, it would have have gone a long way for them to have selected at least two….just in case. We can’t put all of our eggs in one basket at the moment. Our boys haven’t had a single day of productivity on the field, bonding-feeling each other out, studying their play books, etc.

    To the student body and their parents – let’s make sure we’re ready to play. Don’t let a small roster be the deciding factor. The community is behind you (believe it or nor) and want to see you play…this year.

    For next year, we need to get the Viking Booster club or what-have-you started “today” so that this won’t happen again. If one exists – let’s make it bigger and its voice and influence stronger. PASHOF will lend financial support in anyway that it can. You have my word. That’s a hint to all you alumnis, as well.

    Laurence Todd
    President
    http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.org

  • Jefe

    Realistically how many practices are these young men going to get in before week 0?

    I’d be very careful about throwing things together at the last minute and expecting these guys to be ready to go.

  • http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.org PASHOFPAL

    “JEFE”

    This is where hard work, determination and dedication are championed. Where there’s a will there’s a way mean.

    Think of the John Ehret High School; the school that made it to the state boy’s basketball (comparison still applies) finals after being floored by hurricane Katrina. They had nothing; literally. If they can do it…any school should be able to.

    Sorry, but I see a story book ending to this saga. Go, Vikings!

    Laurence Todd
    President
    http://www.pasadenasportshalloffame.org

  • New York

    Don Markham is the only coach who could produce a winning season at this point. The assignment is right up his alley as long as the school provides a teaching position, or whatever reason he always gives for resigning.

    Or…get on your knees and beg Tip Sanders to come back and give him support.

    In 2007 Blair beat Monrovia and was Co-Champs in the RHL. Tip resigned and Coach Garrison resigned. Both schools hired coaches with strong backgrounds as assistant coaches. That’s pretty much where the parallel turns perpindicular in this comparison.

  • Dissapointed

    I hear that Harry Welch was HIGH on Blair’s list, but since the marijuana scandal rocked Santa Margarita, we can understand how Harry might be high even if not on a list.

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