Prep notebook: Carolina Forest High mum on football coach vacancy

For The Sun NewsFebruary 3, 2014 

The Carolina Forest football team was 30-57 in eight years under coach Drew Hummel.

JBLACKMON@THESUNNEWS.COM — File photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan

Nearly three months after Carolina Forest football coach Drew Hummel resigned, Panthers officials are still in the process of filling the vacancy.

What direction the school is going, when final interviews will take place, or when fans and parents can expect a hire, though, is not being discussed publicly.

On Monday, Athletics Director Boe Rainbow said any questions about the coaching search were “premature” and said he would not discuss a possible timeline. He previously said he wouldn’t say what criteria the school was looking for in its next head coach.

“Right now, we don’t want to mess the interview process up,” he said.

Rainbow then referred any other questions to Carolina Forest Principal Gaye Driggers. Driggers has not responded to multiple phone messages from The Sun News seeking comment about the search since Hummel resigned.

It is not unheard of for high-school football coaching searches to take longer periods of time, especially given the time of year they generally take place. There is a normal delay in business over the holidays. The school and district were also shut down for four days last week because of weather.

The school did not officially post the position until after the conclusion of the state football playoffs in December, nearly a full month after Hummel resigned. Officials may also have not known exactly what teaching vacancies would be available for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Hummel stepped down Nov. 11, three days after a season-ending loss to Region VI-AAA rival Conway. The Panthers were 1-10 in 2013 and 30-57 in eight years under Hummel.

Three players from last year’s team have continued to make headlines since the season ended.

Quarterback Will Brunson was selected for an Elite 11 Regional camp in Atlanta for March. The camp is a precursor to one of the most highly regarded events for high school quarterbacks nationally.

Receiver Kyle Belack, who led the area in receiving yards in 2013, transferred to Myrtle Beach at the semester break last month. And on Wednesday, senior tight end Ryan Yurachek is expected to fulfill his commitment to Marshall by signing his National Letter of Intent.

Contact IAN GUERIN at ian@ianguerin.com.

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