, Corbin, KY

April 16, 2014

Corbin without a coach as spring practice begins

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — As the weather begins to warm up (with the exception of today), some high school football teams have already held their spring practice sessions, while some are on tap to get started this week.

One group in particular that local fans are keeping an eye on is the Corbin Redhounds, which at this point is still a team without a head coach.

After longtime coach Steve Jewell stepped down in March to take over as assistant principal at Corbin High School, the powers that be posted the job as open and have yet to name a successor.

While I understand the process that must be followed when naming a new coach, as well as the complications that go along with replacing such a quality teacher (Jewell was regarded as one of the top biology teachers in the state), I feel like the process has been drug out a little bit too long.

What you have is a group of kids who are most likely dying to get out on the practice field and play football, but the bad news is they really don’t know who they are going to be playing for at this point.

I’m not trying to stir up any trouble here, but the fact of the matter is the longer administration takes to name a coach, the less likely they are to get their man. Sure there are a lot of options to take over the program, but there may only be one or two guys in the mix that can actually handle the stress and expectations that will come with this job.

While the Redhound Nation patiently awaits an announcement on who will lead the way over the next few years, so do the coaches that have been in the system for quite some time.

Undoubtedly some of the current assistant coaches will apply for the job, as well as some coaches that most likely haven’t been considered by a lot of people. As far as who will get the job, you may as well draw a name out of a hat because I’ve heard every name that could possibly be considered as a frontrunner.

I just hope they hurry up and fill the position. Until then, if you ask me the Redhounds are a ship without a captain.