According to a report, Garden City Community College has already found its next head football coach.
Footballscoop.com, a website dedicated to covering college coaching changes, reported Monday, citing anonymous sources, that GCCC is set to hire current Arizona Western head coach Tom Minnick to replace Jeff Sims, who has accepted the head coaching job at Missouri Southern State University after Thursday’s NJCAA Championship game.
GCCC interim Athletic Director Colin Lamb did not comment when asked about the report Monday, saying that the college was focused on Thursday’s NJCAA title game.
However, a tweet from Minnick (@tcminnick11) on Nov. 26 was geolocated in Garden City, suggesting that Minnick possibly was in the area for an interview with GCCC.
Minnick is in the midst of his 13th year at the helm of Arizona Western, with the No. 19 Matadors (6-4) set to play in the 2018 El Toro Bowl on Saturday against No. 6 Lackawanna. He has compiled a 107-33 record, and finished as NJCAA runners-up three times, including losing to Garden City, 25-22, in the 2016 NJCAA Championship.
The Matadors returned to the 2017 NJCAA title game, only to lose to East Mississippi. Minnick has had just one losing season (2013), when Arizona Western was sanctioned by the NJCAA and forced to forfeit five games due to the usage of two ineligible players.
The No. 2 Busters will kick off their final game under Sims at 7 p.m. Thursday, when they face No. 1 East Mississippi at Pittsburg State University’s Carnie Smith Stadium.