CHS's Pettis leaves program 'unfinished'; replacement sought

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 05:27 PM.

In addition to his duties of athletic director and head football coach, Pettis was going to coach the Bulldog softball team this year.

Jones said that Crestview volleyball and girls basketball coach Kathy Combest has agreed to take the softball team this spring. She will transition into the softball program when basketball season ends and work with Pettis until he leaves at the end of the month.

Jones has already begun the search for an athletic director and coach to replace Pettis.

"When he told me he was resigning, I immediately began shifting into the next gear, which is to start thinking about who our next coach is going to be," Jones said. "The position has been posted and we are going to immediately begin searching (for the next coach). I have some names in my head -- people that I'm going to contact just to see if they are interested in the program."

Jones said Crestview assistant principal Dexter Day has agreed to head the search committee.

"We'll be getting some people from the school, probably the district office and some community leaders familiar with our athletic program on that committee," Jones said. "And then they will be the ones that interview the people and make recommendations to me."

Two years ago, 125 coaches applied for the Crestview job when Matt Brunson left for Baker; Jones expects a similar response this time.

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