Less than a month after trustees extended the contract of Taylor Athletic Director (AD)/Head Football Coach Robert Little, the search has begun to fill the positions.
At the Feb. 1, special called meeting, the Taylor ISD board of trustees agreed to extend Little’s contract for one year. Last week, Little was reassigned to the position of Coordinator of Academic Intervention.
"The teachers are really dedicated to the students here, and anyone who shows a heart for students is good in my book," said Devin Padavil, Taylor ISD superintendent.
Parents of high school football players received an email last week informing them Little had been transferred from the position.
“Coach Little will no longer be the head football coach for our program but will remain a valued staff member of the TISD family. Join me in thanking Coach Little for his dedication to our program,” the email said. “In TISD, we know the opportunities that a strong and well-rounded extracurricular program has on the development of our students. The administration is committed to finding a leader who can foster athletic skill, academic rigor and personal development in every single student athlete.”
Girls' Athletic Coordinator Shelli Cobb is serving as interim AD while the search is ongoing.
The position is posted, and applications are being accepted. Padavil said there will be a committee to participate in the interviews and will make recommendations to the superintendent. The top candidate will be presented to the board for approval.
Padavil said he and the school board have "extremely" high expectation for the district.
"The school board empowers and entrust me to lead the organization," he said. "I'm excited about the future of Taylor ISD, both educationally and in our programs."
He said everyone goes through "seasons," including teams, school districts and leaders.
"We're just in a place where the program is going through a different season, and it is time for a change," Padavil said. "I'm in a place where we are looking for the next leader to help manage the next season for this program and think about how to build the culture where we are developing athletic skill, and also focusing on academic rigor and seeing every single student personally develop into the men and women their families and our schools want them to be."
Little took over the position of athletic director and head football coach in the spring of 2019. He came to Taylor from Riesel ISD where he served from 2016 to 2019. During his tenure in Riesel, he and his staff turned the program around.
Little did not have as much success in Taylor, posting a 0-20 record, with two forfeits due to COVID-19, over his two years as head coach.