FORT WALTON BEACH — Pending school board approval, Fort Walton Beach High School is ready to get the search for its next head football coach and athletic director up and running.
Vikings principal John Spolski — angling for his third coach in the past six years — told the Daily News on Friday that he is in the process of forming his selection committee, and he has circled some “preliminary dates” on his calendar, estimating the Okaloosa County school board will approve the search at its Feb. 24 meeting at the School District Central Administration Complex in Niceville.
Should the school board approve the search, Spolski estimates the job will open to transfers on Feb. 25 before it opens to all other applicants on Feb. 27 with the cutoff to submit résumé set for 6 a.m. March 2.
Afterward, the selection committee would meet at Fort Walton Beach High School to screen resumes and select candidates to be sent to the school district’s human resources department for vetting.
The selection committee would conduct interviews thereafter sometime during the first week of March. Spolski said he then hopes to be able to make a formal recommendation to the school board by its March 9 meeting.
“The kids are anxious, and we want to make sure our program is off to a solid start,” Spolski told the Daily News in early January.
Phil Dorn, the Vikings current athletic director, announced he was stepping down from the position this past December to care for his wife, Lee Ann, who was injured in a boating accident this past May in Destin and spent several days in intensive care.
BREAKING: @FWBHS_Football coach @coachpkd has stepped down from his position as head football coach, citing family reasons.
He will continue as the school’s athletic director through the end school year.https://t.co/0I5CJDv8wO
“It has been increasingly more difficult to give AD, (coaching) and assisting Lee Ann with her recovery the proper attention to detail as needed,” Dorn said in text message.”
Dorn will continue in his role as athletic director until his contract expires in June.
In his four seasons with the Vikings, Dorn compiled a 9-29 record, including a 3-7 mark this past year.
Fort Walton Beach has not made the postseason since 2009.