Delaware Hayes High School athletics director Clint Fetty is hoping to have a football coach named by mid- February.
Former coach Zebb Schroeder recently resigned to take the same position at Olentangy Orange, replacing Brian Cross.
"Zebb interviewed with (Orange on Jan. 2) and called me on (Jan. 5) to let me know he was offered and accepted the position at Orange," Fetty said. "There are a lot of (football) coaching vacancies out there and we want to expedite our search to ensure we get the best candidate available for the kids. I think it's an attractive position in that we are a growing Division I school and that we will be adding onto our school building and facilities."
Fetty said the position has been posted within Delaware City Schools and has been made public.
"We'll keep it posted through January most likely and then begin the process of choosing those we want to interview," he said. "We have a new administration at Hayes with three new principals this year, so I will meet with them to discuss the criteria for the search committee.
"I like to get a variety of people involved in the process to get a look at things from all angles. Student-athletes, especially football players in this case, as well as athletic boosters, administration, faculty members, coaches from other sports and community members involved with the program, should all be represented. Zebb was also a fine history teacher, so there also will be a teaching position available."
In his first stint as a head coach, Schroeder compiled an 11-19 record, including a 7-14 mark in the OCC-Capital Division, in three seasons at Delaware.
"I am extremely disappointed to leave so many great people in Delaware," Schroeder said. "There were so few opportunities that would have appealed to me enough to even think of leaving this program and our building process here. I can't say enough thanks to all the parents, players and community members who helped in that progress."
This past season, the Pacers finished 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the OCC-Capital to place fifth behind champion Worthington Kilbourne (7-0). They finished 3-7 overall and 2-5 in the league in each of Schroeder's first two seasons.
Orange finished 1-9 overall and 1-6 in the OCC-Capital last fall.
"I live in the Orange (area) and I coached (in the Olentangy school district) for a long time," said Schroeder, who spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Olentangy and eight as an assistant at Liberty. "I think the biggest thing I learned at Delaware was the importance of getting everyone on the same page. Building relationships with players and parents is important as well as the assistants building those same relationships because we're all in it together."
Fetty said Schroeder left his mark on the Pacers' program.
"Although we didn't win as much as he would've liked in his first two seasons here, I do think he continued to move the program forward," Fetty said. "What he did with the program culturally was great. His focus on grades, character and leadership helped lead young men into becoming complete student-athletes and prepared them well for the future. He got the kids to buy into taking accountability within the program and in their future endeavors."