3 finalists remain in running for BV coaching job

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Berryville High School football team could have a new head coach as soon as next Monday night, and the three finalists for the vacant position include a Berryville native whose father is a former Bobcat head coach.

Six candidates were interviewed by a committee last week, and the list was narrowed to three finalists: Sheridan High School defensive coordinator Carl (C.J.) Owens Jr., Hot Springs High School offensive coordinator Doug Shatt and Marshall Hahn, an assistant coach at Rogers High School.

Owens is a 1999 graduate of Berryville High School. He played baseball at North Arkansas College in Harrison before transferring to the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville. His coaching experience includes stints at Marshall and Mountain Home and he has been an assistant at Sheridan since 2013. Owens’ father, Carl Owens Sr., was the head coach at Berryville for several seasons. His final season as the Bobcats’ head coach was 2002.

Sheridan went 1-9 last season. The Yellowjackets play in the rugged 6A-West, which includes last season’s 6A state champion, Russellville, and runner-up, Greenwood.

With Shatt as offensive coordinator, Hot Springs finished 3-7 last season. Rogers went 6-5 a year ago, losing to Conway in the first round of the playoffs.

Twenty-four applicants initially applied for the job. Berryville School District Superintendent Owen Powell said he’s pleased with the finalists.

"All three of these coaches are quality coaches and were very impressive in the interview process," Powell said. "Out of those three, we feel like we will get a good coach that will fit Berryville."

The other three semifinalists were Cedarville head coach Max Washausen, Lincoln offensive coordinator Tyler Dorton and Mountain View head coach Michael Gray.

"All six of them were impressive," Powell said. "The top three, we just like really well. It's a tough choice to make, but I believe we are going to have a good recommendation to bring to the school board."

The school board is expected to discuss the position during its April meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, April 17, in the intermediate school cafetorium.

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