SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Staying on top of the coaching search

Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 05:14 PM.

Day said the committee did not have a firm number of how many coaches would be brought in for an interview.

I will contact Day on Thursday, when I'll get the names of the finalists and more in depth information about their backgrounds for a story in Saturday's News Bulletin.

I know some people might think the process is taking a while, but things actually are moving at a nice pace.

When Matt Brunson left Crestview after the 2010 season to go to Baker, it took about 45 days before Kevin Pettis was tapped to fill the Bulldog job. Brunson announced he was going home to Baker on Dec. 16, 2010. Pettis was named the Crestview coach on Jan. 31, 2011.

If you take out the two-week period during the holidays in 2010, that still puts the transition from Brunson to Pettis at about 30-35 days. Tomorrow marks four weeks since Pettis resigned to take a job at Sebastian River High School.

Once the committee comes up with that final list of names, the process should speed up. I'm guessing the interviews will take place late this week or Monday or Tuesday next week.

While Day still doesn't want to give a timeline for the hire, I'd be surprised if Crestview hasn't named a new coach by March 8.

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