Search for next Windsor head football coach picks up steam

By RICHARD J. MARCUS

FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

For more than three weeks, the Windsor High football program has been without a varsity coach.

But lately the school’s search for the right person to lead the Jaguars has accelerated in earnest.

Former Windsor High School football coach Vic Amick. (PD File)

Former Windsor High School football coach Vic Amick. (PD File)

The Windsor High administration decided not to bring back last year’s coach, Vic Amick, because of player issues related to “not building enough character off the field,” according to Windsor Principal Marc Elin and Athletic Director Jeff Hardie.

To replace Amick, the North Bay League school is looking for the right fit to take over a program that went 8-4 overall and 4-3 in league last season.

Paramount among the selection criteria for the new coach is character, as laid out in an e-mail sent by Elin to interested candidates.

Both Elin and Hardie also said the big picture is not about the win-loss record.

“We ask our varsity coaches to build quality athletic programs that develop talent and character that extends beyond the field,” according to the e-mail sent by Elin to interested coaches.

Elin added that the selected coach has to be in charge of the football program on and off the field.
Windsor has gotten about 25 applicants thus far, some from out of state and several from outside the Redwood Empire.

Hardie said that there is no set number of years of head coaching experience that Windsor is specifically looking for, and hiring a candidate from Sonoma County is not a big factor.

Because there is no guarantee that the school will have an open teaching position, the new hire will be considered a “walk-on coach.”

The deadline for applications is Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Elin and Hardie both said they hope to interview four to six applicants during the last week of January. They hope to formalize the hire in the first week of February.

The interview and selection panel includes a school administrator (likely Elin), Hardie, a Windsor teacher, a student alumnus and a parent.

  • Niki

    “We ask our varsity coaches to build quality athletic programs that develop talent and character that extends beyond the field,” Apparently this does not include the wrestling coach. One of the poorest examples of sportsmanship in the area.

  • Concerned Parents

    WINDSORGATE Windsor High School, you aint fooling nobody. Everyone already knows that Tom Kirkpatrick has the Varsity Head Coach position for the football team. He said so himself as confirmed by a few Windsor staffers. So why waste these other poor coach’es time and effort to interview them? If you are a coach, you may want to bring this point up in your interview.