CRANE - At a special meeting of the Crane ISD school board on Monday night, former Iraan athletic director and head football coach Randy Doege was recommended by Crane ISD Superintendent Ryder Warren and unanimously approved by the board for the same position at Crane High School.Doege will replace former Crane athletic director and head football coach Alan Cherry, who resigned 11 days ago to take the same position at Bay City High School.
will start out on a one-year administrative contract that will pay somewhere in the $60,000-65,000 range and will have the opportunity to sign a multi-year contract when his
first contract expires.
has not officially turned in his
resignation to the Iraan-Sheffield ISD, but will do so sometime this week.For that reason, Doege's first day at Crane has not been set.However, Warren emphasized Monday night that he
would like for that to happen as quickly as possible.Doege
also has two openings for assistants on his
staff that he
will have to fill in the upcoming weeks.It's expected that those slots will be filled with assistants from his
staff at Iraan.The hiring process was a quick one for Crane.Warren identified Doege as his top candidate almost immediately after Cherry's resignation and had the former Iraan coach in Crane last Tuesday for an interview and a tour of the school's facilities.
After that, it became just a matter of getting the school board together in session to make things official."It was very important to find someone who would take us to the next level, and I felt like that person was Coach Doege," Warren said."His
reputation preceeded him as someone who would love our children and take great care of our athletic program as a whole."Doege
was immediately enamored with Crane and its facilities, which he
called the best Class 2A facilities he'd ever seen, upon his
visit.He'll take over a team that went 12-2 last season and advanced to the Class 2A Division II state quarterfinals.Over the past five seasons, the Golden Cranes have lost just once in district play, winning four district titles in that time and establishing themselves as one of the top programs in West Texas.Of course Doege
is no stranger to success.In six seasons as the head coach at Iraan
had a 65-10 overall record, winning four district titles along the way.Last fall, the Braves went 12-1 before losing to Anton, 20-14, in the Class 1A state quarterfinals.Iraan
spent the final eight weeks of the 2002 season ranked No. 1 in Class 1A by the Associated Press
, extending its regular season winning streak to 23 games.Doege also served as an assistant at Iraan under current Monahans head coach Larry Hanna when the Braves went 16-0 and won the Class 2A state championship in 1996.
"All the head coaching jobs in West Texas are good, but there are a few that are elite," Doege
and Crane both fit in that category of elite jobs.Crane has the best 2A facilities I've ever seen.This whole thing was unexpected, but I have been treated really nice since visiting here."While Doege
considered the Crane job an ideal opportunity, it didn't make telling his
former players in Iraan
was leaving any easier.In a meeting with the Iraan
players last Thursday, emotions made speaking difficult and forced Doege
to keep things brief.But he
was still able to get his
message across."I told them that they helped give me this opportunity with their success and hard work," Doege
is a wonderful place.They will continue to win."
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