The Texarkana Texas Independent School District has begun the process of finding and selecting a new Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.

According to Executive Director of Public Relations, Tina Veal-Gooch, the job was posted on January 20 and will remain posted for 10 days. Gooch says, "We expect to receive some exceptional applications from coaches in the four states area as well as internally."

Gooch expects interviews to take place in mid February, and it is hoped they will announce a new Athletic Director/Head Football Coach by early March, before the school heads into Spring Break.

The job became vacant earlier this month when longtime AD and football coach Barry Norton retired and moved across the state line to take the same job at Arkansas High School.

Norton, who was at Texas High for 18 years and whose team won a state championship, cited the chance to retire from Texas and hold a job in Arkansas, along with the challenge of building back up a program, as reasons for leaving the Tigers.