Clark Harrell, the principal of our new Stewarts Creek High School, has officially begun work.
He is about to begin the single most important task of his career. He has to hire his faculty and staff. This process will take many months and the results will set the tone for the Stewarts Creek Hawks for decades.
Actually, he’s already started, because ex-Titan Kevin Dyson will leave Independence High and become an assistant principal and athletic director at Stewarts Creek. He is a high quality person and should be a great hire.
Much of this faculty will be assigned to Harrell, since many of them will be transfers from Smyrna and La Vergne High schools. Since I write sports, let’s concentrate in that area.
Harrell has one chance to do this right.
The big hire will be a head football coach. Here’s some free advice for Harrell and Dyson: Get a head football coach from someone else.
There are eight head football coaches in Rutherford County and I think six of them are absolutely qualified.
Are they interested? Two of them were at one point but, frankly I have no idea of any current thoughts on the matter.
Speaking very generally, it should be someone between the ages of 30 and 50 with considerable coaching experience and at least twice as many wins as losses.
I would not dismiss the idea of hiring an assistant coach.
Playoff experience is preferable but a previous state championship is not necessary. He must be a person who commands respect, is a good teacher and can organize a total program, especially players.
He also must be able to hire and supervise a full staff of assistant coaches. The staff must be patient, motivating teachers because they are likely to do something that all coaches hate – they are going to lose.
Maybe not for long but lose they will, considering they are about to immediately play varsity football with a small and young roster in the state’s toughest district.
Assuming we can find a head coach and staff reasonably soon (the job has been posted), then an all-important spring practice must take place and there is a long list of other sports-related duties that must be done.
There is the matter of not only getting a full football schedule together but also schedules for volleyball, softball, baseball, girls and boys basketball and soccer, wrestling, bowling, track, cross country, golf, and tennis and perhaps trap, rugby, swimming and hockey.
We need coaches for each of these, plus assistants.
We also will need coaches for a dance team and cheerleaders.
Remember please, that each person must be an excellent educator. They are teachers first. Better remember that!
With all of this done, we now need uniforms and lots of equipment, all of which will cost a ton of money. To outfit 60 football players, which is a very low number, it will cost approximately $30,000.
That’s just one sport.
Now, about that all important band!
Harrell and Dyson are going to be very busy in the coming months.