Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

March 14, 2013

Search on for new coach

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Once again Pauls Valley school officials will be on the lookout for a new head football coach after it was announced Wednesday that John Inman would be leaving.

Inman, who has been the top coach here for the past two years, will be returning to Lindsay where he has accepted the job of head coach for the Leopards football program.

PV Superintendent Darsha Huckabaa admits it was a real surprise to learn Inman would be leaving his coaching and teaching duties here at the end of the current school year.

“It was a shock,” Huckabaa said.

“He has done a great job as a head football coach and math teacher; an outstanding job. He’s had a good working relationship with the administration, the other coaches and the players,” she said.

“He’s just a qualified individual. I’m going to hate to see him go.”

According to Huckabaa, Inman was offered the job of head football coach in Lindsay on Monday. A day later he was meeting with her and PV athletic director Kirk Moore about his decision to leave.

By Wednesday the Panther players at every grade level were getting the news.

“It was one of those situations where it’s business and he’s making a move that’s good for him and his family,” Moore said.

“I feel our program has benefited from him being here,” he said. “It will be hard to replace the things he brings to the table.

“We will do our best to fill his shoes.”

Inman was named Pauls Valley’s new football coach back in April 2011 after serving as an assistant coach in Lindsay for several seasons.

During both of Inman’s seasons here the Panthers started slow but came on strong to make it to the playoffs.

He is expected to continue his PV duties in the classroom and as a coach during the spring track season before leaving for Lindsay.

Both Huckabaa and Moore say the search to find Inman’s replacement begins almost immediately.

“We’re going to miss him, but we have to move forward,” Huckabaa said, adding plans are to advertise the job opening very quickly.

“We will get it out there and open it up,” she said about the search for a new head football coach to oversee the PV program.

Moore believes the job opening will draw plenty of interest and expects the phone calls to begin soon from prospective replacements.

“I would like to start interviewing in a couple of weeks,” Moore said.

Whoever is named the new Panthers’ head man, he is expected to inherit a fairly young team, especially for the backs and receivers — a key part of a spread offensive attack used by the Panthers in recent years.