With just one interview left, Waxahachie ISD boys athletic coordinator David Ream and his four-person committee expect to present the school board with their top candidate to fill the vacant head baseball job at Waxahachie High School on Monday.
The person will come from a list of eight finalists that includes former Indian Heath Autrey, current assistant Chris Peacock, former coach Jim Miller, Creekview coach Brian Jones, Alamo Heights coach Stand Gideon, Flower Mound Marcus coach Frank Chumbley, Corsicana coach Tracy Wood and Rogers coach Craig Coheley.
Originally the list was down to nine out of 53 applicants, but Tim Harkrider of Fort Worth Brewer took his name out of consideration after taking an administrative position in Grand Prairie.
“We’re just looking for the best fit for Waxahachie,” Rearm said. “Every one of the finalists has been successful where they’ve been. We just want the one that fits our situation the best.”
The list has candidates at several different places in their career. There are those that are assistants, former baseball coaches, former Indian players and then those that just finished playing at the state tournament.
Ream said the different scenarios are merely coincidence.
“That’s just the way it ended up,” he said. “They’ve all been successful, and honestly, that’s what we saw in all of them.”
Several applications came in after the imposed deadline, but due to wanting to get the job filled quickly, Ream did not consider those.
Ultimately, he said his goal is to get someone in quickly so he can begin working with the students and get acclimated with Waxahachie.
“Our original intent was to get someone in here as quick as we could,” Ream said. “We wanted to get them here and involved in the community and be accessible to the kids all summer.
“However, we don’t want to pick a coach just to have one. The person we pick will be the best person for the job,” he said.
The Indians’ coaching position came open after Matt Webb resigned to take an assistant football position in Keller. The Indians were 21-10 last season and reached the playoffs for the second straight season.
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