Rumors of coach leaving Corydon just that
Like people everywhere, folks in Harrison County love to talk. Often it’s not much more than that. Just simple gossip.
In the case of the reckless rumor that Corydon Central head football coach Darin Ward is heading to Galena take over Floyd Central’s program, the scuttlebutt has no merit.
‘I have not talked to anybody, and they have not talked to me. I’d like to make more money here and that’d make my life a lot easier, though,’ Ward said yesterday in a phone interview.
In other words, no Lear Jet was flown in from Clark County Airport and there’s no low-profile conspiracy to keep everything under wraps (ala Bobby Petrino at U of L and his recent outrageousness).
The most primitive of the rumors was that Ward was leaving Corydon to take over the position vacated when 20-year coach Ron Weigleb resigned this fall.
A more dramatic version had Ward going to Floyd Central and Perry Central football coach Mike Spencer leaving the Commodores to become the skipper at Corydon.
‘People ask me all the time about it,’ Ward said. ‘ (Floyd) wants to fill from within, from what I was told. The principal and athletic director requested to fill it from within their own building, and they are going to the school board with their recommendation, and the board decided to go outside of the school building for a hire. It’s one of those things where I don’t know why someone would go in there without the support of the principal and AD.’
Bill Pierce, athletic director at Floyd Central, said yesterday that absolutely nothing has been done as far as a search for a head coach, and he confirmed that the Highlanders’ next leader would probably come from within the halls of FCHS if he had his choice.
‘We have not done anything yet. At this point, we’re still in the process of going to our superintendent to recommend that we hire someone from within,’ Pierce said. ‘We’ve not talked to anyone as of yet. No one.’
Ward has a record of 20-11 at Corydon, which climbed to No. 7 in the Associated Press’ Class 3A poll and No. 11 in the Indiana Football Coaches Association poll during this past season’s 8-2 campaign.