Ken Bublitz, a 25-year coaching veteran, is 's new head varsity football coach.
His appointment as 's successor was approved by the board Monday night.
Bublitz has more than two decades of football coaching experience, including the last six as varsity assistant coach under Briscoe, who resigned in November 2010 to spend more time with his family. Briscoe was the Cougar's coach for seven years and remains at Plainfield South as dean of students.
As a condition of his new football position, Bublitz will step down from his head basketball coaching duties after the 2011-12 season. Until then, “we want to make it clear to our basketball community, that coach Bublitz maintains his full commitment and dedication to this program,” PSHS Athletic Director Bob Yanello in a press release issued Monday night.
Current Assistant Head Basketball Coach Tim Boe will take over as head basketball coach in 2012-13. Boe has served as been an assistant coach for eight years, the last four in the top varsity assistant position.
“First and foremost, clearly Kenny is the best candidate for the football job," PSHS Principal David Travis said in the release. "His work ethic is beyond compare. This arrangement will also allow for a full year of transition and mentoring between Coach Bublitz and Coach Boe.”
Bublitz was chosen from among 85 internal and external applicants. Seven finalists were selected and participated in an extensive interview process that included administration, staff and community members.
“We have hired a good person, who enjoys working with kids and is respected by both students and staff," Yanello said. "Coach Bublitz brings a wealth of experience and success which will help to continue building a solid football program.”
Bublitz takes over a year after the Cougars’ most successful season, when the team went 8-1 and split the conference championship with Plainfield North and Minooka high schools.
Maintaining a level of continuity was important, Travis said.
“We were extremely impressed with Kenny’s coaching expertise, commitment to character and excellence as well as his personal integrity,” he said.
Likewise, Boe will do an outstanding job when he takes over the Cougars basketball program, Travis said.
“Tim Boe is an outstanding teacher and coach who is highly regarded throughout our community,” he said. “We are absolutely certain that we have the right guy to continue the culture of excellence and integrity started by Coach Bublitz.”