SEARCH IS ON FOR TOP DOG: CHS athletic director wanted

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 03:22 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The search for the next head football coach and athletic director to replace Kevin Pettis, who resigned on January 31, is in full swing as the 10-person search committee met for the first time last week.

Crestview assistant principal Dexter Day, who is the chairman of the search committee, confirmed that Pettis is no longer at the school and that his last day at Crestview was Friday.

"I just think in talking with the district -- and this is just my thoughts on it -- it was time for us to move in a different direction and get things started on a new foot here," Day said of Pettis' departure. "Right now acting the athletic director and head football coach is Chris Sweatt. Chris Sweatt is stepping in and doing the class for weight lifting and things like that. As far as athletic director, we have the two assistant athletic directors; Kelly Hayes and Jay Sanders doing those things.

"It is what it is and we are searching for a new head football coach. It (the job opening) has been posted on the Florida High School Activity Association website. Right now I have between 30 and 40 applicants already and they keep coming in."

Day said it seemed as if he was getting a new resume via email every 10 minutes.

"It will stay posted at least four or five days on the (FHSAA) website," he said. "We will close it out this Thursday. And then all the committee members will get their (the coaching candidates') resumes on Friday and take them home to look over them over the long weekend.

"We are supposed to meet back again on the 19th at 7:30 (p.m.) and start narrowing down the field and getting our group together that we want to interview."

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