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Football: Zephyrhills to fill coaching vacancy in mid-January

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Wed. November 25, 2009 | Izzy Gould | Email

Zephyhrills has gathered a nine-person committee to find its next head football coach, a search expected to end in mid-January.

Principal Steve Van Gorden announced Wednesday night the school would hire a new head football coach by Jan. 15. A press conference will be called that day at the school for an official announcement, Van Gorden wrote in an e-mail.

An official job posting soliciting applications will be made Tuesday with Pasco County Schools.

Among the committee members is former head coach Tom Fisher, who was replaced last spring by Jerrell Cogmon. Cogmon was fired on the second day of preseason practice in August after a recruiting investigation by Pasco County athletic director Phil Bell in conjunction with Van Gorden revealed improper contact with students from Wesley Chapel and Pasco high schools. 

The last search lasted roughly four months. After Cogmon's firing, Van Gorden named co-interim head coaches Troy Hochstetler and Greg Mathis. The Bulldogs went 2-8 this season.

Zephyrhills will conduct two rounds of interviews, one Dec. 14 and the other Jan. 11.

Other committee members include Alan Reed, Gwen Compton, Greg First, Marcus McCants, Nora Williams, Derrick Tucker, Bruce Cimorelli and Van Gorden.

igould@tampabay.com

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