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.