Austin High's storied basketball program will get a new head coach when the Decatur school board meets July 16, said Superintendent Michael Douglas.
“This is when I told the principal I need a name for the job,” he said.
Austin is looking for a head basketball coach because Jake Miles resigned to accept a position teaching Advanced Placement economics with Hartselle City Schools.
Austin High Principal Melissa Scott said more than 50 people applied for the job.
She said an internal school committee has interviewed candidates and is still discussing who will be the best fit for Austin.
Applicants included internal and external candidates.
“We had a good group,” Scott said.
Austin’s head basketball coaches have historically come from within.
Miles, a 1996 Austin graduate and grandson of the school's legendary coach Joe Jones, was an assistant coach when he replaced Demond Garth in 2013. Garth moved from being an assistant to become head coach, and so did his predecessors, Bob Harpe and Stuart Allen.
Miles, who is certified to teach several subjects, taught driver’s education his final year at Austin. Douglas said Scott has several options because Austin has positions available for a certified physical education, social studies and driver’s education teacher.
Scott said she’ll likely hire a coach to fill the social studies teaching vacancy.
Miles was only the fifth head basketball coach in Austin High’s 56 years. In six seasons as a head coach, he compiled a 110-51 record and guided the Black Bears to a state Final Four appearance in 2017.
Jones, who coached for 33 years, mostly at Austin and the old Austinville High, won two of Austin's three state championships and compiled a 606-190 record before retiring in 1983.
Miles, 41, made $57,970 as a teacher and he received an $18,150 supplement as basketball coach.
School officials said the compensation package for the new coach will be determined by level of education and years of teaching experience.