Quentin Hamner introduced as new HHS coach last week

Susan Johnson, superintendent of the Hannibal School District #60, said district policy was followed when hiring Quentin Hamner as the new head football coach at Hannibal High School.

"I can assure you that our normal hiring processes were followed when filling our head football coaching position," Johnson said.

Questions pertaining to the process have surfaced in Hannibal in the wake of an article regarding the hiring appeared in a tri-state newspaper. Among other things, it quoted Hamner as saying he never applied for the Hannibal vacancy, created by the planned retirement of veteran coach Mark St. Clair. The article also stated that a Hannibal school district representative approached Hamner about the job opening almost a week after the application deadline had passed.

"I can't explain the article at all other than to say it is inaccurate from the Hannibal school district's perspective," Johnson said. "I know what our hiring process is and I know we followed it, as we do with any position."

Johnson said she could understand how patrons of the school district could be questioning its actions, based solely on the article.

Johnson spoke with both Hamner and Clint Graham, district activities director, regarding what had transpired. She said the accounts given by both men were identical and in accordance with district policy.

Immediately after last Friday's press conference, when Hamner was introduced as Hannibal's new head football coach, he addressed the hiring process that preceded his decision to leave Keokuk, Iowa, after just one year. "I think we did everything right," he said.

As he had indicated in the article, Hamner said moving to Hannibal and being a "part of the best football job in the state of Missouri" was not easy.

"It was a hard decision on my part," he said. "I just felt it was the best fit for me and my family at this time."

While pleased to have Hamner on board, Johnson said the selection committee did not have an easy job.

"We had a difficult decision because we had some great in-district people who have devoted much of their career to our district," she said. "I think we made a good choice and I am very pleased with it. Ultimately we have to go with what we think is best for our students and that's what we did."