SPOKANE, Wash. -- Some Shadle Park High School parents and fans are asking why it has taken so long to find a new head football coach. Former coach Allen Stanfield left the school in January to take a job at Whitworth after four seasons at Shadle Park.
Shadle’s Principal Eric Sylling said the process, however, is not as simple as people might assume.
“There's not a set timeline,” said Sylling. “Ultimately, we are trying to find the best candidates and we would have liked to have [had] a candidate by now. Our hope was to hire someone before spring break.”
Last season, coach Stanfield led the Shadle Park Highlanders to a GSL title, a state semifinal birth and an 11-2 overall record.
The school’s record-setting quarterback Brett Rypien said the team is still working hard after their successful year despite the anxiety of not knowing who their coach will be next season.
“I think we'll be fine. We've been out throwing every Sunday and we've been getting together with our guys and it's brought us, I think, a lot closer together,” said Rypien.
According to the District 81 office, there is no required timeline for hiring a coach. It took Rogers High School almost three months to fill their head football vacancy this year.
Sylling said he is not going to rush things.
“We're in the middle of interviewing candidates and we started that back in March,” said Sylling. “We still have some other candidates we want to interview.”
Sources tell KREM 2 that a new hire is very close but Principal Sylling would not confirm that. Sources said Rypien was also considering transferring if a new coach came in that didn't fit his style.
Rypien, a Boise State commit, said, however, he’s staying at Shadle next season no matter who the coach is next season.