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Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Kenny Ryan 361-886-3747

Carroll's search for a new baseball coach will have to be a quick one.

As in, the district will have five days to interview candidates and make a hire. Not the next five days, but the five-day span stretching from July 7-11.

"We have posted (the opening) on our awesome new website, (but) it has to post for 10 days minimum (before we can begin interviews)," said Corpus Christi ISD athletic director Brenda Marshall. "4:30 p.m. on July 3 is the 10th day, and we all come back to work (from the holiday weekend) on July 7."

The July 11 deadline kicks in because teachers in Texas must provide a 45-days written notice if they plan to resign, or else they could potentially face consequences from their previous employers.

"They can sanction against your teaching certificate," Marshall said. "There would be a hearing where the Texas Education Agency would have to agree whether to put a sanction, so there would have to be more details, (but) you do have to be conscious about what's going on on both sides us trying to hire someone and someone trying to get out of their contract.

"We're up against the clock."

Marshall said "several" candidates have already applied for the chance to replace former baseball coach Lee Yeager, who formally accepted a job at Grapevine on June 9 after one state title and three state tournament appearances in 14 years at Carroll.

Yeager didn't submit his letter of resignation to CCISD until June 18. The opening was posted the following day.

One school that doesn't have to sweat replacing an outgoing baseball coach is Refugio. Assistant Anthony Quintanilla was promoted after Mike Huerta accepted the head job at Odem two weeks ago.

"It was a real easy choice," Refugio athletic director Jason Herring said. "Coach Huerta had been here seven years and Anthony had been the assistant all seven years. When you have someone qualified within (your organization), you move them up when you can. I'm real excited and I think he'll do a good job."

Quintanilla said he was "pumped" and "proud" to get a shot at leading the baseball team he played for from 1999-2001.

"The primary goal is win district, go a couple rounds deep in the playoffs, and hopefully can push the envelope and make a run for the state tournament," Quintanilla said. "We have a real good core coming back that will help achieve those goals."

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June 26, 2014




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