The Winneconne school board decided to hold off on appointing its next high school head football coach during Monday night’s board meeting.
Instead, the board has extended an invitation to the original five head coaching candidates to be interviewed directly by the board members next Monday night.
“In order to be fair to our student-athletes, the men we interviewed and to be transparent to our community, the board has decided that we are going to offer the candidates the opportunity to interview directly with the board,” School Board president Dale Burghardt said. “We will be having those interviews Monday evening.”
The board will conduct the interviews during executive session with each candidate that accepts the invitation. When the interviews conclude, the board will discuss the decision of appointing the next coach for the Wolves.
The board is not certain it will make a decision Monday night, but they hope to.
“If we make a decision (on a head coach) we will make the hire on Monday, and I’m hopeful of that,” Burghardt said. “I don’t know if it will happen but I’m hopeful that we can get this done as soon as we can for everyone involved, including our community.”
At least two candidates have already accepted the board’s invitation to interview Monday night, though who accepted and the final number of candidates interviewing would not be confirmed.
However, the interview process will not include Omro’s Ronell Hubanks.
Hubanks was originally offered the position to be the next Winneconne head football coach by the selection committee, only to have the decision reversed by school administration. The selection committee consisted of athletic direcor Tim Whitford, Winneconne high school principal Leah Michaud, two families involved with athletics at Winneconne high school and two student-athletes.
The position was then offered to Brian Keller, an internal candidate, but because of concerns from community members about the way the hiring process was handled, the board never made a motion for a vote and decided to look deeper into the hiring process.
Hubanks has declined the board’s invitation to interview for the football position, instead waiting to hear if he will be the new head football coach at Ripon.
The Ripon School Board held off appointing Hubanks coach at its board meeting Monday night, and will conduct its next meeting Wednesday, Feb. 25. Hubanks hopes to learn one way or the other if he will coach the Tigers this fall during Wednesday’s meeting.
Jake Van Camp: (920) 426-6661 or jvancamp@ thenorthwestern.com