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White Oak ISD athletic director search focuses on internal candidates

By George Whitley, Sports Correspondent
Feb. 25, 2014 at 11:31 a.m.

WHITE OAK – Just over a week into the search for a replacement for Gerry Stanford, the focus centers on a pair of qualified potential internal candidates.

The has learned veteran White Oak assistants Richard Burks and Kris Iske have interviewed for the head football coaching/AD vacancy. School superintendent Mike Gilbert would not confirm this information, but did say a specially called board meeting was set for Friday at 4 p.m.

Stanford <a href="" target="_blank">resigned his post last Monday</a> and accepted the head football slot at Class 6A Flower Mound Marcus. The Roughnecks had their best season in 43 years this past fall, advancing to the Class 2A, DI semifinals and tying a school record for wins in a season with 13.

The Roughnecks were 27-9 in three years under Stanford and 6-2 in postseason.

White Oak posted the job opening online Friday with the caveat that internal applicants would be given first consideration.

Burks, 50, has been with the school district since 1991 and has been offensive coordinator for the Roughnecks since 1995. He's also head track coach for both the boys and girls.

In his time as offensive coordinator at White Oak, Burks has been a part of several notable performances. The offense set a school record of 4,384 yards rushing in 2008 and scored a school-best 62 rushing touchdowns. This past season the Roughnecks amassed a school record 3,647 passing yards and 5,687 yards in total offense. They also broke a seasonal scoring record that stood since 1970 with 599 points.

Burks, who also coaches the offensive line, has the distinction of winning district track titles in both the boys and girls. He also was part of a board appointed athletic council in 1994 when White Oak was without an athletic director. Other stops for Burks include three years at Joshua, where he was defensive coordinator, and a year at Grapeland in 1987.

Iske, 45, came to White Oak as defensive coordinator in 2012 after four seasons as head coach at Scurry-Rosser. The Roughneck defense experienced a renaissance of sorts under Iske, who helped mold a unit that surrendered just 13.6 points per game in 2013. It marked the best defensive showing in 33 years for the maroon and white.

In his two years as defensive coordinator, White Oak limited the opposition to 18.1 points per game and won 22 of 27 contests in the process. Iske also spent time at Grapeland, where he was head coach in 2005-06, prior to his stint at Scurry-Rosser from 2007-10.

Iske, who has six years head coaching experience, was part of a couple of state championship teams at Stephenville as an assistant. He's also had coaching stops at Elysian Fields and Eustace.



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