The search for Alice’s head coach and athletic director has yielded a pool of 24 applicants.

Moreover, in the interest of time, Alice school superintendent Dr. Grace Everett said after Monday night’s board meeting that a small committee made up of board trustees Mike Cochran, Lee Ramon and Herman Arellano will review the applicants. If they deem any of the candidates worthy, they will interview the candidate along with Dr. Everett.

Initially, Dr. Everett said she was planning on handling applicant screenings and interviews, but she said Monday night that time is a factor and using the committee of board members should expedite the process.

“We’re just in a hurry, and we don’t want to be wasting time,” Everett said. “We’re running out of time. We’re anticipating having a good football team this season, so we need to do something quick for our kids.”

Application screenings and the first interviews could happen by the end of this week. The school district began advertising the job of Alice’s new athletic director and head football coach on March 10. The district is required to post the job opening for at least 10 days. The district is posting the job until the end of March. Still, Everett said if a quality candidate is found sooner than that, they could be hired right away.

Everett said the pool of candidates includes South Texas coaches and as many as five “local coaches.” She said while the district is searching for qualified applicants, the search won’t overlook coaches already on the Alice staff.

“We have some pretty good coaches here at Alice ISD,” she said. “We’re going to look at them as well.”

According to the school district’s job posting, a Master’s degree is preferred. However, the requirements do ask for a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a valid Texas teaching certificate with physical education endorsement.

Under Special Knowledge/Skills, the posting asks for knowledge of overall operations of an athletic program, knowledge of state and UIL policies governing athletics, ability to implement policy and procedures, ability to manage budget and personnel and coordinate district functions and strong communication, public relations and interpersonal skills.

The posting also asks for “five years successful teaching and coaching experience.”

The new coach will replace Justen Evans who left Alice after a year to be the head coach and athletic coordinator at Corpus Christi Miller High School. Evans announced he was leaving last Friday morning.

In his one season here, the Coyotes were 7-3. It was the team’s best finish since 2013, however because of the zone format in the 11-team district, Alice missed the playoffs.