Caldwell’s Gilchrist heading back to Whitney

BILL MARTIN

Let the coaching carousel begin. Citing a lack of support from school officials, Caldwell’s Kenneth Gilchrist—after just one year on the job—has decided to return to where he came from, Whitney.

Caldwell can now begin the search for its fourth coach in the past four years.

Following an 8-2 season in 2010, Dale Williams resigned to become A&M Consolidated’s defensive coordinator.

Williams was replaced by assistant Chance Locklear in 2011, who led the Hornets to a 1-9 mark, their worst record since 1998.

Locklear quit to join the coaching staff at the new College Station High School.

Enter Cameron native Gilchrist, who took the Caldwell job partly to be closer to family.

The Hornets were 1-8 last season.

Whitney officials contacted Gilchrist to query if he wanted to return to head up the football program once again.

After a week of contemplating, Gilchrist decided it was best for his family to head back to a comfortable place, Whitney, where he was 11-19 in three seasons.


Cameron native Kenneth Gilchrist was concerned with the lack of support from Caldwell officials. Cameron native Kenneth Gilchrist was concerned with the lack of support from Caldwell officials. Whitney was 2-8 last season.

Gilchrist, 37, takes his quarterback son Brett with him, who was named the District 18-3A newcomer of the year last season as a sophomore.

Having fallen on hard times, the Hornets were 32-10 from 2007-2010 with three trips to the playoffs under Williams, but since his departure Caldwell has gone 2-17.

Gilchrist, who was telling his story on ESPN Central Texas (1660 AM) radio Tuesday, was frustrated with the lack of direction that the football program was taking, namely, a lack of participation.

Only 57 players showed up during two-a-days.

Gilchrist was also frustrated by the lack of interaction between varsity coaches and junior high players.

Gilchrist runs the spread offense and wanted to be able to have the junior high teams start running it.

“If we catch them in the ninth grade, they don’t know us and the parents don’t know us,” he said. “I have been doing this stuff for a long time. It was the way I was brought up as a coach and it is successful and proven.”

Gilchrist was given a two year contract and was expected to receive an extension.

Last year, Rockdale assistant John Kovar took the head job at Normangee, but resigned shortly thereafter for good reason, after not receiving the support he should be getting from the school board.

Kovar returned to Rockdale and all are glad to have him back.

One school’s loss is another school’s gain.

The 5ive

Here is a list of the longest high school coaching tenures at one school:

1. John McKissick, Summerline, South Carolina—61 years.

2. Dick Tighe, Fort Dodge Iowa—59 years.

3. Robert Parolli, Fayetteville, North Carolina—55 years.

4. Al Fracassa, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan—53 years.

5. Bob Shelton, Hays—47 years.


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