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February 18, 2014

UPDATE: Baker named interim football coach at Clements

— An assistant principal at Blue Springs Elementary School has been named interim head football coach at Clements High School, Limestone school officials said today.

Cade Baker, a 1993 Clements graduate, will lead the Colts through spring drills while a search remains underway to find the program’s fifth coach since 2006.

Dr. Tom Sisk, superintendent of Limestone County Schools, said Baker will be in charge of the program on a temporary basis. He did not apply for the permanent position, Sisk said.

Baker, who is in his fourth year as an administrator, will continue his assistant principal duties but will be discharged early enough from Blue Springs to conduct spring practice and conditioning, Sisk said.

“Mr. Baker has been a football coach before at East Limestone ... he knows the (football players) since Blue Springs feeds into Clements,” Sisk said. “I hope his familiarity with the kids will encourage them to come out for spring practice. He is eager to have the opportunity to keep the program alive and vibrant.”

Getting back to winning

The Class 3A Colts are seeking to rebound from 1-9 records the past four seasons after making the playoffs the previous four years.

In addition to knowing the players and having previous coaching experience, Baker allows the search to remain fair because some of the Clements assistant football coaches have applied for the head coach position, Sisk said.

“He will be the short-term interim coach until such time as a permanent replacement is named,” he said. “I wanted to put someone in that isn’t applying for the job.”

The job posting, which listed the vacancy as a teacher/head football coach, closed Feb. 7 and drew 104 applicants, according to school officials. The position became open when first-year coach Dan Beavers resigned two months ago.

A seven- or eight-person search committee comprised of community members and school officials is being finalized. After the search is narrowed to 10 candidates, the superintendent will recommend three finalists to the seven-member Limestone County Board of Education.

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