Paris High School football coach Bryan Hutson announced last week that he’s leaving the school to coach football at Elkins High School.

School Superintendent Wayne Fawcett doesn’t think it will take long to find a replacement.

“I was in my office at 7 a.m. Thursday when the news broke,” Fawcett said last week. “The phone was ringing off the wall. By noon Thursday, I already had 10 resumes in my e-mail in box. That doesn’t count the phone calls from people interested that the secretaries took.”

Hutson is leaving Paris after coaching for nine seasons. He arrived here, where he played high school football and first entered coaching, in 2007 from North Little Rock High School. He walked the sidelines until 2014 when he was named PHS principal. After two years as principal, he returned to coaching. Hutson has a 116-82-2 career head coaching record and a 64-43-2 record at Paris.

Fawcett said Hutson’s decision didn’t take him by surprise.

“I knew he had applied at multiple districts,” Fawcett said.

Fawcett also said the head coaching job has been posted on the school district’s website and others. He also said he expected to begin interviewing candidates today and expects a quick decision.

“We have a plan of action in place,” Fawcett said. “The next school board meeting is June 7 and I’d like to have a recommendation for the board then, but I’m not tied to that date. If we have to have a special meeting after the seventh, we will. We want to be as quick as we can but we also want to have a thoughtful and thorough search.”

Fawcett said he’s looking for someone who is enthusiastic, eager and is a good fit for Paris.

“We aren’t going to limit it to head coaches, either,” Fawcett said. “We want someone who will be a good fit for Paris, who can be integral to the community and fits our district, our community and our program.”

Fawcett also said he expects a lot of interest.

“There’s a lot of interest already and that’s not unusual,” he said. “In coaching, when someone resigns, the word spreads. It’ll spread event into Oklahoma. There’s no doubt we’ll find a good candidate.”