Over the past 10 days, Mariner High School has received close to 100 applications for its head coaching position, a job that Chris Siner still holds.
On Feb. 13, a week after Siner confirmed he had applied to be the head football coach at Immokalee High, Mariner posted an advertisement on the Florida High School Athletic Association’s website which noted the school had an “anticipated head coach” opening. On Monday, the vacancy was listed with the Lee County School District. Both note today as the deadline to send resumes.
“Our head coach is a candidate for the Immokalee job and we just don’t want to get caught without trying to do something to take care of our kids,” Tritons athletic director Vito Mennona said.
At the same time, Mennona said the school would welcome back Siner for a fourth season if he wasn’t selected as Immokalee’s new coach.
“Again, it’s just to be sure we’re covered that we’re taking this course of action now,” he said.
Mennona said the school has been “totally up front and transparent” with those who have applied for Siner’s job that the position may not end up being vacant.
Siner said Thursday he’d been interviewed by Immokalee and that he wasn’t surprised Mariner has started searching for his replacement.
“It definitely wasn’t a shock; they told me,” Siner said.
When asked if he anticipated returning to Mariner if Immokalee didn’t select him as its new football coach, Siner suggested directing that question to Mennona or Mariner principal Robert Butz.
“I don’t know if I can comment on that right now,” Siner said.
Siner, a 1994 Mariner graduate who lives in Immokalee, spent nine seasons as an Indians assistant football coach before being hired by the Tritons in 2010. His teams have compiled an overall record of 9-21 during that span.
Immokalee principal Mary Murray said Thursday the school should finish its final interviews over the weekend or early next week and expects to introduce its next football coach by next Friday.