If you want to apply for the vacant Tulare Western varsity head football coaching position, today is the deadline to submit your résumé to the Tulare Joint Union High School District office.
Who's interested in the job?
We'll find out soon. But how wide of a net Tulare Western cast to attract interested coaches is a little mysterious. There is no official teaching position offered in the job posting.
All of the current varsity head football coaches at Tulare's and Visalia's public schools are also teachers at their respective schools. When Tulare Western posted the head coaching position two years ago after Luis Da Silva resigned following a seven-year stint, a possible teaching position was listed.
Not this time around.
Despite the absence of guaranteed employment to prospective applicants, there is no one involved in the selection process who isn't confident they will find a suitable coach for Tulare Western.
"We will find the best coach possible for Tulare Western football," Tulare Western athletic director Dereck Domingues said last week.
"Our goal is to hire the best qualified coach for Tulare Western," Alfonso Gamino, the district's assistant superintendent for human resources, said on Tuesday.
But if there is no guaranteed teaching job, who would want to apply?
Gamino said possible applicants wanting to be an on-campus teacher at Tulare Western shouldn't be dissuaded by the omission of a teaching position in the job posting.
"If there is an applicant from another school district that is interested, we would look at their current employment (situation), look at their credentials, and go from there. We certainly would consider them for the position." Gamino said. "The ideal situation is to have (the football) coach have direct communication with student-athletes on campus."
Gamino said applications will be reviewed on Friday, and the interviewing process could begin next week.
There is no hiding the fact that one of Tulare Western's primary objectives with finding a new head coach is to reverse their recent on-field fortunes.
On the 13-item list of job qualifications and competencies, No. 11 reads: "A verifiable record of having been part of a winning tradition, including post season playoff competition as coach is preferred."
Tulare Western's last East Yosemite League championship was in 2004, and that season also marked the last time the Mustangs won a Central Section playoff game. Tulare Western went 3-17 in the last two years under Stevan Chamalbide, a Tulare Western alum and current teacher at the school. Chamalbide was relieved from his position as Tulare Western's varsity head football coach on Nov. 2, a day after the Mustangs concluded an 0-10 campaign in 2012.
A new standard being introduced by the district with this vacancy is that the football coach can only be in charge of the football program on campus and not any other sport.
The Tulare Western varsity head football coach will be prohibited from serving as a head coach of another varsity boys or girls sport, but not from serving as an assistant coach for another varsity boys or girls sport, according to Gamino.