Word leaked out that Evergreen Park High School was looking for a new football coach on Friday and by Monday Athletic Director Jim Soldan was flooded with 25 applicants and was anticipating many more.
After three successful season as the Mustangs’ football coach, Dan Hartman resigned and will take over as head coach at Hinsdale Central. He is the second football coach from EP in four years to bolt for a job in the Hinsdale school district. Hartman replaced Mike Barry, who left after three years to take the head job at Hinsdale South.
“We’re doing a great job feeding Hinsdale schools,” Soldan joked Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t want to miss that game when Hinsdale Central faces Hinsdale South.’’
Soldan said he will look over resumes this week and begin the interviewing process shortly after that.
“We’re not going to miss a beat,” he said. “We have summer camp begin June 9 but we could change that. We’re not in a rush, but we’re in a rush if you know what I mean. We are in a little bit of a time crunch but we are going to take time to make sure we find the right candidate. I don’t anticipate we will miss a step with our program.’’
Hartman was the 13th coach in Evergreen Park history and was just the fouth coach to leave with a winning record, joining Jim Kroll (39-23-2 from 1971-77) Fred Moore (28-26-2 in 1963-67 and 1969-70) and Brett Nelson (81-65 from 1987-2001).
“I wish Dan would stay but I understand that he wants his shot at coaching at a Class 8A school,” Soldan said. “He created a nice market for himself. He has turned down other opportunities but he felt this was too good to pass up.
“We had three great years here. He had 27 wins, had deep runs in the playoffs and beat the [Class 6A] state runnerup, Richards, last fall.’’
No interim coached had been named as of Tuesday.
A look at the past Evergreen Park football coaches and their records.
1955-56 – Jim Nylander 6-8
1957-58 – Bob Appleby 7-8-1
1959-62 – Marvin Clein 13-17-2
1963-67 – Fred Moore 21-17-2
1968—Maynard Stelzer 2-6
1969-70 – Fred Moore 7-9
1971-77 – Jim Kroll 39-23-2
1978-80 – John Geyer 10-17
1981-86 – Don Ferchau 23-31
1987-2001 – Brett Nelson 81-65
2002-04 – Dave LaBarbera 10-17
2005-07 – John Coursey 8-20
2008-10 – Mike Berry 10-17
2011-13 – Dan Hartman 27-9