POSTED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 9:11am
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 3:08pm
Longview, Texas (KETK/Smoaky.com) —
Pine Tree Independent School District has officially announced their new choice for Athletic Director and Head Football Coach.
First reported by David Smoak, owner of Smoaky.com  and program director at ESPN Central Texas on Monday morning, Lake Travis High School Offensive Coordinator, David Collins will take over the program for the Pirates. The district confirmed this on Tuesday.
Collins will be proposed as the new leader of PT in a special board meeting scheduled for Monday, February 24, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., at the Central Administration Building. A reception to meet Coach Collins is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., also in the board room.
“I am humbled and honored to have been offered the Athletic Director/Head Football position at Pine Tree ISD,” said Collins. “I want to thank the PTISD selection committee for their professionalism throughout the process, and for affording me this opportunity.”
Collins, 36, has been coaching for 14 years with his last three years spent as the offensive coordinator at Lake Travis. He's also been an offensive coordinator at Mabank and Garland, and an assistant coach for one year at Allen in 2003. Collins is a graduate of Mabank High School and Sterling College in Kansas, reports Smoak.
According to Dr. TJ Farler, Superintendent for PTISD, his background experiences along with his reputation for strong leadership with students as well as with coaches set him apart from the other candidates. She believes Collins will be an asset to PTISD as well as the community in his new position.
“As with all employees selected to teach, to coach and to lead in our school system, we want to find the person who is the best match and who will work with us to continue a tradition of excellence for students both on the field and in the classroom,” said Farler.
Two community meetings were held on December 4, 2013, to discuss the profile for the Athletic Director’s position. A survey was also available for parent/community input both online and in paper format for several weeks in December.
Starting in January, an interview team was assembled, which included the Superintendent’s Executive Council and principals from junior high and high school. The team members used information from the surveys and the comments from the meetings, to create a profile. This profile was used to screen the applicants in the pool of potential candidates, and to narrow the number to eight candidates who were interviewed in the first round, and then three in the second round.
“We worked intentionally to provide a transparent and responsive process in our selection of the new AD,” said Farler. “We looked for characteristics such as leadership ability, which includes strong communication skills, integrity and character; the ability to build and develop a strong team of coaches as leaders who would collaborate to build a strong program for students; coaching skills with the ability to motivate; and the ability to build strong working relationships with the campus and district staff, among other abilities provided in feedback from our community.”
Collins will succeed Interim AD/Football Coach Derrick Hennigan, who replaced Derek Fitzhenry . Fitznhenry resigned during the 2013 football season.
David Smoak and PTISD contributed to this report.