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

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

"This is a high-profile job," he said. "Any coaching job in Okaloosa County, because of the fact it is an athletic director and head football coach -- administrative position -- it pays very well, and it enables us to attract the best coaches.

Jones said a high priority will be placed on candidates with previous experience as a proven head coach and administrator, but he didn't rule out coaches without previous head-coaching experience.

"With the level of coaching we have in this county, we will have people apply that are proven head coaches with winning records just as we had when we hired coach Pettis, who was a proven head coach with a winning record," Jones said.

"Because they are athletic directors, too, we have to have somebody that is ready to step in and run the entire athletic program. One of the things I've been most impressed with about coach Pettis is the way he has been able to run our entire athletic program."

He would like to have a new coach and athletic director named by the end of the month.

Pettis said that his leaving is bittersweet.

"I do feel like I'm leaving with it unfinished," he said. "I never left a job that I didn't finish what I started. I think when you come up here from such great programs like Dr. Phillips and DeLand that we singlehandedly turned around that was rough when you come up here and think you are going to get the same type of magic and the same type of deal."

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