Marshall to make 'diligent' decision on AD
By Nathan Hague
Feb. 15, 2017 at 10:51 p.m.
MARSHALL — This week's news of Clint Harper's departure has Marshall ISD looking for a new athletic director and head football coach for the Marshall Mavericks.
Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson said he and his staff will make a careful decision in finding Harper's replacement.
"We've laid out a timeframe and we'd love to have somebody by the end of March, but at the same time, we're going to be very diligent to find the best person for the students of Marshall. If it doesn't fit that timeframe,
"I'm not going to rush through a process just to meet a date, but I do have a goal that we'd like to be finished where whomever we hire can get in here and evaluate our athletes and decide if he wants to have spring practice and spend some time with the kids before that happens if he indeed does."
He said the staff will consider anyone who applies, but will hire whoever they see as helping every sport succeed.
"We've got to be competitive with boys and girls in every single sport," Gibson said.
"I'm looking for somebody who can help the student-athletes get to the next level. I want a football coach who can bring another state championship to Marshall High School."
Gibson added it came as a bit of a surprise when hearing that Harper might head to Duncanville.
"I had heard rumors about six weeks ago that there was mutual interest in the job that he did get," Gibson continued.
"I heard that and I was somewhat surprised. He's from here and I know the comment that he made four years ago that this is his green pasture, so I didn't foresee him looking.
"Bbut I certainly understand bettering your family at the same time if this opportunity betters his wife, Dana, and Hope, his daughter, as a family unit, I certainly understand that. It's just part of the business."
According to Gibson, the plan was to keep Harper in Marshall.
"Under Dr. (Marc) Smith (former MISD superintendent), everyone went to a one-year contract so he did have a one-year contract, but it was my full intent to extend his contract and I'm going back to a two-year contract to be honest with you."
Harper is scheduled to start his new job as Duncanville's athletic director on Feb. 27.
In his absence, Marshall's current assistant athletic director, Scott Hale, will fill in for the boys' sports programs and Jodi Satterwhite will fill in for the girls.