By GREG WEBB
After Reid Waller stepped down from the head football coach position for the Weatherford Kangaroos last December, Weatherford ISD was tasked with finding a replacement who, with eyes wide open, would take on the mission of turning around a program in a tough situation.
The Roos have experienced very tough gridiron competition in a talented district, and are guaranteed the same calibre of opposition, at least for another year, until the UIL realignment reshuffles the deck.
But WISD Executive Athletic Director Richard Scoggin is quick to remind that, whoever Weatherford lines up against, they have to be dealt with, and the intent is not to end the season with just the district schedule.
“This area, and the district we are in was a big selling point for all of the coaches we interviewed,” Scoggin said of the search for the right coach to take over the Weatherford football program. “They all knew what the challenges are, who we play against, and they wanted to be here.”
The numbers prove up the amount of interest the vacated position generated among the coaching fraternity.
“I would have been disappointed if we had received anything less than 75 [applications responding to the opening],” Scoggin said, “so getting more than 100 was a little bit of a surprise.
“But that shows the interest that Weatherford, and this particular job, has generated. There are people who want to be here, and certainly want to be successful here.
“We were naturally very happy with, not only the number of applicants we had, but even happier with the quality of the responses.”
The Weatherford ISD selection committee was so impressed with the quality of the resumes submitted, they fudged a bit on the prospective number of interviews to consider in their second-pass process.
“We actually brought back eight coaches for a second interview,” Scoggin said. “That was a few more than we originally intended, but we really had quality people applying for the position, and wanted to make sure we had the right one.