Coming more than 200 miles from Wellington in the Panhandle, Britt Hart, 35, sat amid Paradise natives when he was officially hired as the Panthers’ new Athletics Director.
More than 40 folks, including several Paradise athletes with their parents, sat in the board room as the Paradise ISD school board selected Hart with a unanimous vote. The board also hired Hart’s wife, Chea, as its newest kindergarten teacher.
Hart replaces Danny Neighbors, who resigned in February.
PISD Superintendent Monty Chapman said Hart was chosen out of more than 120 applicants.
“His experience, and the level of success that he has had and his leadership abilities are why we chose him,” Chapman said. “I think leadership matters, and his leadership will move us where we want to go.
“We had so many quality applicants, and it was a big process we had to go through,” Chapman said. “We interviewed a number of applicants and brought some of them back for second interviews, and I finally made the recommendation.”
Hart is currently offensive coordinator with the Wellington High School Skyrockets, about 30 miles north of Childress. Prior to that, Hart was the offensive coordinator at Hico, and the athletics director at High Island High School near Port Arthur.
“It’s a big move, but Wellington is a small community and a small school system. As far as being in a small community, I think I’ll fit in well,” Hart said. “Of course, this is a great community and I’m excited to be here.
“I thought this would be a really great opportunity,” Hart said. “I’m leaving a really good place in Wellington, and we’ve been really successful in the past five years.”
Hart said he wants to start as soon as possible and is excited to meet the kids and staff at PISD. But there are still a few loose ends he needs to tie up in Wellington.
“I’m also the head track coach, and we are about to have our big invitational,” Hart said. “It’s a difficult time right now, and I’m the type of person who doesn’t want to leave the job unfinished. I’m going to need to stick around to make sure all that is taken care of.”
Chapman said the district will start working with Wellington ISD to get Hart released from his current contract, so he can begin his duties in Paradise.