First Posted: 1/15/2009
RED SPRINGS - After the unexpected departure of former Red Springs football coach David Lovette last week, Red Devils Athletics Director Bryan McDonald said the school is in no rush to find his replacement.
“We just started the application process and we probably won't even begin to look at those for another two weeks,” McDonald said. “We hope to have somebody hired before the start of summer practices (in mid-June).”
McDonald said the school isn't necessarily focusing on any specific criteria and that the applicant pool will dictate the style and experience of the next Red Devils coach.
“We'll wait and see who's going to apply,” he said. “It all depends on the quality of applications that we get.”
Lovette compiled a 25-22-1 record in four seasons at Red Springs. He left the team on April 27 when he accepted the same position at Gray's Creek High in Hope Mills.
Lovette helped turn around the Red Devils program, which had just one winning season in the 12 prior to his arrival. He guided the team to a Tri-Six Conference title in 2004 and a 9-4 record last season and a berth in the second round of the state 2A playoffs.
The new Red Devils coach will be the fifth for the school in the last 10 years.