PETTIS ON THE RECORD: Former Crestview athletic director tells all

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 at 05:00 PM.

A: You've got to look at the coaches. Coach (Tim) Dixon retired. He did 36 years. Coach (Barry) Koehn retired after his first year with me. The only coach I let go was coach (Chip) Weems.

I just felt like bringing in younger coaches at that time was good for us and those are the only coaches that we lost — unless you have others you can think of.

Jay (Sanders) didn't coach the freshmen because he was trying to get into administration and I've got his son (Matt Sanders) on. But everybody else left because of retirement. Everybody wanted to stay.

It was one of those deals where I was promised to bring in coaches. Ed Coleman (former Crestview principal) told me, "You can bring two for sure." I didn't get to bring any coaches. They told me once I got here, I couldn't bring them in.

And then when Koehn retired, we got Kathy Combest (volleyball, girls basketball and current softball coach, who previously was at Baker) in that spot. Part of being the AD is get the best coaches I can get.

It was — I don't know — there ain't nothing I can do about people retiring, but I only made one change.

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