Pearland, Dawson HFC search taking shape

December 5, 2017

For those interested in throwing their names in the hat for the Pearland and Dawson head football coaching jobs, you’ve got until Jan. 2, 2018.

Ben Pardo, athletic director for the Pearland Independent School District, has a full plate during the holiday season, and it will likely runneth over in January, also. The Jan. 2 deadline, he said, is plenty of notice for submitting resumes.

“I haven’t counted all of them yet, but we have several in-state applications, several out-of-state applications, and just a good cross-section in general,” Pardo said. “The playoffs are still going on, and we want to give everyone an opportunity who is interested in either the Pearland Dawson or the Pearland High School job.”

The Oiler head coaching job opened this summer when longtime coach Tony Heath ended a 20-year reign and was replaced on an interim basis by Oiler defensive coordinator James Farmer.

Eric Wells, the only head football coach Dawson High School has known since the school opened 11 years ago, announced his retirement from that post earlier this fall to accept an assistant athletic director job in PISD.

Pardo said there have been no talk about how many applicants will be interviewed for each position.

“We really haven’t discussed that in any detail,” he said. “We’re just looking for the best possible candidates right now.

“I would imagine we’ll narrow it down to 8-12 people and set up an interview schedule after that.”

Pardo said the interviews for each job will be conducted simultaneously and he hoped to have both positions filled by the first or second week in February.

Pardo said that it wasn’t mandatory to have both head coaching positions filled before the University Interscholastic League’s biennial realignment in the first week of February.

“The most important goal for us is to get the right person in place at each school,” Pardo said. “We’ll do the best we can as far as schedules go, but we’ll tackle that when it occurs.

“I’m curious to see what type candidate pool we’ll generate. It’s going to be wide open from candidates with previous head coaching experience to those with coordinator experience.

“Having success on the field is important, but we’ll be looking at character, integrity and someone who understands the culture of Pearland and Dawson, and someone who will be a good fit for the school district and the community.”

Pardo said several internal candidates have already applied. That could include Dawson offensive coordinator Ryan Silvertooth and Eagle defensive coordinator Shannon Carter. At Pearland, Farmer will likely try to take the interim tag off his title after leading the Oilers to the playoffs this fall.

Any number of candidates could apply for either job, but several immediately come to mind. They include:

-- Mike Allison, former defensive coordinator at Dawson and assistant coach at Pearland, who is currently the head coach at Clear Brook.

-- Jason Glenn, a former assistant at Pearland, who led Klein Oak to a 7-4 record and a playoff berth in his first year as head coach at the school this fall.

 -- Mark Kanipes, a longtime defensive coordinator at Pearland High School, who is the current head football coach at Santa Fe

 -- Phillip Roberts, who was offensive coordinator at Pearland just weeks before Heath departed. Roberts went to Brenham when his wife, Katie, was named the head softball coach for the Cubettes.

 -- Dean DeAtley, head coach at Brazoswood. DeAtley is probably perfectly happy with the Bucs, but he did coach with Heath and Wells at La Marque as part of the Alan Weddell coaching tree.