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May 8, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Brad Wallace not renewed at Cross Roads

Head coach/AD finished 2-8 in only season for the Bobcats

CROSS ROADS — Brad Wallace will be leaving as head football coach and athletic director at Cross Roads High School after his contract was not renewed during the April 25 board meeting.

Wallace, who was in his first year at CRISD, said he was at the meeting when the decision was made public.

Cross Roads Superintendent Clay Tompkins said the decision handed down by the board went against his recommendation.

“I can just tell you that (Wallace) was on a probationary contract and his contract was terminated by the board,” Tompkins said. “It was against my recommendation but his contract was terminated along with Mrs. (Misty) Parish.” Parish was in her first year as a teacher and coach at Cross Roads, where she served as the varsity volleyball coach.

Both jobs have been listed on the Cross Roads ISD website.

“I would think we would begin looking to fill his position as soon as possible,” Tompkins said. “We will take applicants no later than the end of May and start the interview process at that point. We will hopefully fill it as quickly as possible and that depends on the number of applicants that we have.”

Wallace said he was not able to accomplish everything he hoped for but the right steps were being made.

“ ... If I could get anything out it would be this: Had we had the chance to put into place the philosophy of building a strong set of intangibles in our athletes and strong fundamentals we would be good,” Wallace said. “That is what we were trying to shoot for in our athletes.”

Wallace felt the athletic program was headed in the right direction with the younger groups as the eighth grade football team shared the district title this past season.

“I have been and always will be attracted to schools that have been told they 'can’t' or have a history of not being able to do 'that,'” Wallace said.

Tompkins praised the role that Wallace had in the classroom as a secondary math teacher.

“I thought he was a very exceptional classroom teacher,” Tompkins said. “That was his greatest strength and I felt like I was seeing improvements with students from reports I was getting with the athletic department.”

Wallace returned the praise of Tompkins as an administrator.

“He was completely supportive and is still supportive,” Wallace said. “He understands the purpose of the school and why we are here and I enjoyed working with him.”

The program has only experienced two winning seasons since 1994 and during that time has had eight head coaches. The varsity football team was 2-8 this past season.

Two calls made to School Board President Scott Huddleston were not returned Tuesday afternoon.

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