Four More Apply For Fayetteville Athletic Director Job
Fayetteville’s head football and basketball coaches top a list of applicants for the Fayetteville athletic director job that Barry Gebhart resigned from following an arrest in an underage sex sting.
Applicants for the job include Daryl Patton, Fayetteville head football coach; Kyle Adams, the high school’s head basketball coach; and Steve Janski, head football coach at Heber Springs, according to the list of applications obtained by 5NEWS.
The deadline to apply was Nov. 26. By mid-afternoon on that day, when the school district closed prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, 32 applicants had submitted their resumes. Four more people submitted their applications between the time when the district office closed and the 5 p.m. deadline for submitting applications, officials said.
Those four are Blake Cook, head football coach at George Junior High School in Arkansas; Kerwin Dees, former athletic director at Lexington Christian Academy in Kentucky; Craig Foringer, head football coach at Ramay Junior High School in Arkansas; and Chris Jackson, athletic director at Carter High School in California.
Among others who applied are Dale Harpenau, head baseball coach at University of Arkansas at Fort Smith; Timothy Miller, Fayetteville High’s assistant football coach; and Byron Zeagler, Fayetteville High School assistant principal, according to the application list.
The School Board voted unanimously Nov. 21 to accept Gebhart’s resignation letter, which he turned in to the school district Oct. 25. The item passed 7-0.
Gebhart sent his resignation letter to school district administrators three days after being arrested in Rogers on suspicion of seeking a sexual relationship with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl, authorities said. Vicki Thomas, the district superintendent, accepted the athletic director’s resignation letter immediately.
Gebhart had been the athletic director since 2009. He served as head boys’ basketball coach at Fayetteville High for almost 18 years, from July 1992 to March 2010, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Gebhart’s annual salary was $101,917.72, records show.
The boys’ team won the state championship in 2009 after an undefeated season with Gebhart as head coach.