Orange Coast College has begun the process of hiring a new football coach, who may be the head coach, share head-coaching duties with current coach Mike Taylor, or merely be a coordinator while being groomed to eventually take over for Taylor, Pirates Athletic Director Michael Sutliff said Friday.
Sutliff said a notice announcing the opening will likely be posted online as quickly as Jan. 2 and it will list the job as a head-coaching position.
"There has been a big debate about how we want to advertise [the position]," Sutliff said. "We are advertising it as a head coach, but we don't have the specifics as to what the staff will look like. We may have two coaches, but we are flying it as a head-coaching position simply because we are looking long term."
Sutliff said Taylor is not being fired and the program's performance on the field — OCC was 3-7 in 2013, has not had a winning season since 2006 and has had just three winning seasons in Taylor's 15-year tenure, during which the Pirates are 62-91 — has nothing to do with bringing on another coach.