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May 15, 2013

Burkhart not coming to Gordon; search on again for Longhorns’ grid boss

By TONY EIERDAM

Last month, in a surprise announcement, successful Richland Springs head coach Jerry Burkhart eresigned from his post as head coach to take the suddenly-opened head football coaching position at Gordon.

Although Gordon had not racked up a many recent state championships as Richland Springs, it had just come off a playoff run that extended to the state semifinals and has the personnel in place to have a chance to bring home a state title.

That Burkhart wanted to come to Gordon really wasn’t as much as a surprise – it is a desirable situation for any six-man football coach – as it was he was leaving Richland Springs where he is in the middle of a 45-game winning streak which included the past three Six-Man Division II state championships

During Burkhart’s time at Richland Springs, the Coyotes posted a 135-5 record, but last month he resigned and accepted the same position at Gordon.

Until last week.

Last week Burkhart told Gordon officials he was returning to Richland Springs, a move that shocked the Longhorns community.

“We thought he was staying but ended up turning the job down,” Gordon ISD superintendent Eric Hough said. “He said the move was tougher on his family than he expected.

“He thought it would be in his best interest not to move.”

A new head coach could be in place quickly. Hough said he has several applications left over from when the job came open in the spring when former head coach Shane Mallory resigned for personal reasons.

“We will be looking again for the best possible candidate,” Hough said. “We will fill it as soon as possible.”

The next Gordon ISD board of trustees meeting is today. Hough was coy about whether a new head coach would be named at the regular meeting.

“I don’t know what will happen,” Hough said.  “But, I never say never.”

 

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