Whitehouse in early stages of finding new head football coach

Published on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 22:08 - Written by Shane Stark

Whitehouse’s head football coach position hasn’t been posted yet, but school officials plan to move quickly while combing through details for the soon-to-be vacant role.

According to WISD assistant superintendent and athletic director Richard Peacock, the details include whether to list the position as head football coach, or head football coach and athletic director.

“That has yet to be finalized,” Peacock said. “We should know that in a few days.”

The contract of current head football coach Randy McFarlin, the former athletic director, will not be extended past the 2012-13 school year, Peacock said.

Peacock plans to meet with McFarlin’s assistants during the next week to discuss their contractual situations, but staffing decisions will be given to the next head coach.

“The new coach will have a lot of input with the coaching staff next year,” Peacock said.

“Past that I really can’t tell you. That will be a decision the next head football coach will make, as far as staffing.

“I plan to have a meeting with all the coaches to talk to them about the process and about moving forward. …We have a great staff of coaches who have been very loyal to the kids and the community.”

McFarlin finished his nine-year tenure at Whitehouse with a 59-43 record and seven straight playoff appearances, having led the Wildcats to a 10-2 record in 2012. School officials informed him prior to the season that his contract would not be renewed, because the district wanted to “move in a different direction.”

“I’m going to stand by what the district has said all along; we appreciate McFarlin’s contributions to our athletics program over his years of employment,” Peacock said.

The school district plans to hire the perfect fit for the job, Peacock said. Whoever gets it will have a talented roster that figures to be a playoff contender once again next season.

“We are going to have the best person that we can find that fits what we need and what we want,” Peacock said. “I feel comfortable and I’m very confident that we will put the right person in place to continue to build on the success we’ve had in the past.”