The Galion head football coach will be announced early next month, according to Superintendent James Grubbs.
“We will name the coach at the April 7 work session Board Meeting,” he said in an email. “We will make it the [first] thing we do that day and it will be [one] of [two] items on the agenda that will require board action the other being approval of last [month] financials.”
The selected candidate was not part of the final three candidates considered or the original six who interviewed for the job, Grubbs said.
The school district received 27 applicants and the school district narrowed the list to the following candidates: Jim Stoyle of Centerburg; Shane E. Patterson of Mount Sterling; Jeffrey Pharion of Columbus; Robert L. Mahaney of Jeromesville; Craig E. Wenning of Minster and Thomas Kaskey of Wheelsburg.
Stoyle, Wenning and Kaskey were the original three selected. Kaskey dropped out due to personal reasons with Mahaney replacing him.
Ultimately, none of the final three candidates were selected because of financial and personal reasons, Grubbs said.
That prompted the district to return to the interview process.
Grubbs did not identify the the selected candidate, but said he had experience as an assistant football coach and is comfortable with their decision.
“We’re real happy with the guy we got,” he said.
The candidate would replace Chris Hawkins, who took the same job at Ontario High School earlier this year.
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