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Nolin updates coaching search

By Michael Butler

As the month of November comes to a close, the number of applicants for the head football coach/athletic director vacancy at Tallassee High School continues to rise.

There have been 57 applications received. The job will remain open until after the AHSAA playoffs are completed, according to Tallassee City Schools Superintendent Dr. Brock Nolin.

"There's a lot of interest in the job," Nolin said. "We'll let the job float until after the championship season. There may be some other people that may want to throw their name in the hat, but don't want to do it while they're competing. I understand and certainly agree with that."

THS Principal Drew Glass is heading up a committee of seven who will recommend the next coach.

"Mr. Glass selected the committee of members at-large and school personnel," said Nolin. "The committee will sift through the applicants they want to interview and whittle it down to two. Mr. Glass will bring those two to me. He and I will discuss those and have a second round of interviews with the two top candidates and make a recommendation to the board."

The job description lists that qualified applicants must hold a valid Alabama Teaching Certificate (or equivalent) and have head coaching experience or a minimum of three years as a coordinator.

"The perfect time table would be to have someone named at the January board meeting," said Glass, "but we are not going to rush it."

Tallassee is looking for the successor to Mike Battles, who held the HC/AD position for 12 seasons

Nolin said he would familiarize himself with the pool of applicants once the job is closed. As for who comprises that field, do not expect to hear names unless from the applicants themselves.

"The committee got together a couple of weeks ago and signed NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreements). Those things are kept in confidence."

Nolin emphasized that the position of athletic director will be pivotal in the decision-making process.

"That's a big part of the job, understanding what Title IX means and making sure that the non-revenue sports are served appropriately (like) our new ladies flag football team."

As for compensation for the position, it can vary.

"If you're licensed or working towards (it), you're on a pay matrix. You get placed based on your years of experience and whatever degree you have. That's your base salary. You look at your AD position plus the sports you coach. We haven't really set a pay rate. That's negotiable. It'll be a nice salary."