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Barbs begin search for new head coach

DeKalb High School has begun the search for its next football coach.

The job opening for the school’s football head coaching position for the 2013-14 school year was posted on the DeKalb County Regional Office of Education website Friday. Assistant football coaching positions also were listed.

According to DeKalb athletic director Bryon Houy, the plan to post the job was set last summer when Todd Hallaron was hired as the “interim head coach.”

“With the interim tag, Todd [Hallaron] knew from the get-go that we were going to post the position,” Houy said. “It’s not a surprise to anybody. This was going to be the process all along.”

Hallaron was named DeKalb’s interim coach in late June after Marty Sanders resigned for personal reasons in May. Sanders coached the Barbs for three seasons, leading DeKalb to its first playoff appearance in 20 seasons.

Hallaron went 2-7 as the Barbs’ interim coach in 2012. DeKalb lost its first four games before defeating Streator, 49-6, at home. The Barbs also defeated Yorkville, 47-0, in Week 8 at home.

“Looking back on the season, 2-7 isn’t what our goals were,” Hallaron said. “Our goals were obviously to make the playoffs. We had six teams on our schedule that made the playoffs. That’s unprecedented.”

Houy declined to set a timetable for when a new coach could be announced, but noted he’d like to have a coach in place “sooner rather than later.”

Houy said he was excited about the process and noted Hallaron will have the opportunity to interview for the position if he chooses. Houy expects a number of quality candidates to apply for the position.

When asked if he was going to interview for the job, Hallaron said he still was thinking about applying.

“I haven’t made my decision yet if I’m going to try for it again or not,” Hallaron said. “I’ve been going back and forth on it.”

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