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August 4, 2013

Turner blessed with light(ish) staff changes, mixed with some mid-summer searches

— By GREG WEBB

As is the case with most high school athletic directors, it is most often the rule, rather than the exception, that an integral part of their respective activities starting in the spring and lasting into the summer are consumed with personnel issues — as in, working with the school’s administration to get personnel in the house.

Springtown AD Brad Turner, also the Porcupines’ head football coach, cedes that the search process for new coaches may not be as much fun as coaching up kids for the gridiron, but attacks the hiring process with the same zeal.

“I’ve come to the realization, with 37 or 38 coaches on staff, we’re never going to keep all of them year-in and year-out, so you just learn to appreciate the light-turnover years,” Turner said. “I think the structure of our system is such that our coaches know what they are getting when they are here, and  you certainly can’t fault young coaches who have been here a while for moving on to a coordinator or head coaching job.”

Regardless of the effort during the search and interview process, sometimes the melding of individual coaches with the program is not a match made in “athletic heaven,” a prevalent factor in any setting.

“Some coaches may come in and decide, because of personality or philosophical differences, that it’s just not a good fit for them,” Turner said. “And that’s OK, too. I’d rather someone find a place where they are happy, because they are not going to be as effective as a coach or mentor if they are unhappy.”

Getting to the available candidate pool early is always preferable for schools looking to get the best fit for the vacant slots, but that is not always possible when coaches make moves late in the ‘hiring season.’

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