By Jeff Gallatin
District officials are nearing the goal line in the district’s search for a head football coach and a new math teacher, with recommendations planned for both at the April Bay Village Board of Education meeting.
“I hope to have recommendations for both positions ready for the board to consider at the April 14 school board meeting,” Superintendent Clint Keener said Friday.
Keener said he plans to recommend current head track coach and assistant football coach Ron Rutt to take over the head coaching position in football.
“I plan to recommend Coach Rutt at the April 14 meeting,” Keener said.
The position came open after Ryan Gorius said earlier this year he would not be returning as head coach. The team had a 10-30 mark during Gorius’ four years at the helm, including a 1-9 mark in 2013.
Keener said Rutt is familiar with the program and community and has already reached out to many people. He is an industrial technology teacher in the Bay Village school district.
Rutt did not return phone calls for comment prior to this edition.
Groups of Bay Village football parents and supporters have attended the last few school board meetings to show their support and interest in being kept informed on the search for a head coach.
Keener said the district is also wrapping up its search for the open math teaching position, with a top candidate having verbally agreed to the position.
Keener had said that he would have liked to hire one person who could fill both the math teacher and head football coach position. Keener said he prefers not to have to create a teaching position for a coach, in case someone leaves the coaching position but stayed on in the created teaching position. The district would still have to keep the teaching position.
He said after the interviewing process for the math position, it became apparent the top candidates were not football coaches as well.
“The committee interviewed all the top candidates and they were really impressed by them,” Keener said. “They just weren’t football coaches.”
However, because Rutt is a qualified coach who also is already a teacher in the district, no position will have to be created for him.
Rutt declined comment until the board acts formally on the appointment.