Special meeting of district's Board of Education called for midday that day (March 9, 2018), CHS principal Brian Sherrow disclosed this (Wednesday) afternoon
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Chillicothe High School might have its 2018-19 football head coach Friday (March 9).
CHS principal Brian Sherrow, co-chair of the search process for filling the vacancy left by Phil Willard’s December retirement after two decades in the post, informed the C-T at mid-afternoon today (Wednesday) a special meeting of the R-2 District's Board of Education has been called for midday Friday – likely at noon, but unable to be confirmed as yet, due to the district administrative offices having closed at 4 p.m., to consider formally offering the post.
If board members agree at that meeting to formally offer the coaching position, based on search panel's recommendation, the job will be offered to preferred prospect shortly thereafter, Sherrow related. If the candidate accepts, which seems likely, the hiring will be announced publicly shortly thereafter – perhaps by very early afternoon Friday.
Between 15-20 formal applications for the job were received prior to the Feb. 16 deadline, Sherrow previously had disclosed. Interviews – perhaps including follow-up visits with some – were conducted with approximately a handful of those applicants over the intervening 2-plus weeks, leading to the selection of the candidate who will be recommended to the school board Friday.
The Chillicothe coaching job is both prestigious – the Hornets have won five state championships and have qualified for the state playoffs more than two dozen times, one of the top totals of any program in the state – and unique in its history. The program has had only two head coaches in more than a half-century – national football coaching Hall of Fame member Bob Fairchild from 1963-97 and Willard from 1998-2017. Both men also are CHS alumni, so the program has not had significant “outside” influence shaping its core tenets since the early 1960s.