MISD eyes new AD

Posted by : admin | On : January 22, 2009

By Michael V. Hannigan

The Malakoff ISD Board of Trustees was expected to name Jamie Driskell as Malakoff High School’s new head football coach and Athletic Director Thursday, Jan. 22.

The meeting came after the paper’s deadline for this week.
If hired, Driskell, 36, is expected to start next week.

Driskell has been with Palestine ISD since 2004, and was the offensive coordinator for the past three years and assistant head coach the past two years. While at Palestine, Driskell was also the head boys basketball coach one year, and the head girls track coach for three years.
Malakoff will be his first job as head football coach.
Other schools where Driskell coached and taught include: Westwood, Livingston, Groveton, and Crockett. {{more}}

In his application to MISD, Driskell wrote, “It is my belief that a well-run athletic program plays an intricate part in the educational process. A team sport is the ideal stage to teach young athletes a great lesson that can be learned in few arenas. The concept of the greater good of the team over the individual cannot be emphasized too emphatically. This idea spells success in the business world, the family, and our community. Combine these with the setting of proper team and individual goals, and the student athlete will have the opportunity to experience immediate and long term success.”

MISD Superintendent Dr. John Spies said the district received 150 applications for the position. Of those, 15 were interviewed and five were selected as finalists.
“It was an incredible response that we received,” Spies said. “We felt very blessed on the quality of resumes we got.”

A committee composed of Spies, MHS Principal Randy Perry, MES Principal Ronny Snow, and community member Don Murphy conducted the interviews. Except for Spies, all members of the committee have head coaching experience.

Spies said the committee scored the interviews separately, but that all four listed Driskell as their top pick.

Coaching runs in Driskell’s family. His father, Monte Jack Driskell, won 293 football games while coaching at Groveton, Lovelady and Crockett, and was inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998.

Driskell and his wife, Emily, have three children: Josie, 6; Judson, 5; and Jack, nine months.