By Ray Hamill — With the news on Monday that College of the Redwoods is going to reinstate the football program for 2022, Corsairs Athletics Director Bob Brown is wasting no time beginning the hiring process for a new head coach and opening the channels of communication with prospective local players.
CR President Keith Flamer made the decision to quickly bring the team back after it had been suspended just last summer for budgetary reasons, on the condition the roster features a larger number of local players going forward, among other things.
On Monday, Brown began reaching out to those prospective local players.
“Any potential student athletes can reach out to me and contact me directly for any eligibility or preliminary questions they may have,” Brown said.
Also on Monday, the Corsairs announced that along with the football team they will be adding a women’s tennis team, which will begin competing in the fall and play a regular season in the spring.
Brown says he will start the hiring process immediately for the two head coaches, and plans to have the postings up within a week and both positions filled by early April.
The football coach will then have to piece together a coaching staff.
The CR Foundation will help with fundraising for the football program, and the college insists there will be an added emphasis on local recruiting, academic achievement and success, and fostering a stronger relationship between the CR athletics department, the community, and local high schools.
That includes a goal of recruiting 20-35 local freshmen each year.
Brown says at this stage he does not know who may or may not apply for the head coach position, but admits a local coach with local connections would have an advantage as long as they have the minimum requirements.
“We were at around 20-25 percent local (players on the football team), and we’re trying to get that up to 50 percent,” the AD said. “That’s going to be the goal, so having a local coach and having someone with those connections already established with the local high schools, is that going to be something that would help? Absolutely.”
The tennis team will play on campus, with a recently renovated facility featuring new lights, a new surface and five courts, and plans to add a sixth court.
The football team is also expected to play on campus in 2022 despite the scheduled construction at the school sports fields over the next few years.