Salem High School principal Wayne Guiltner has handed his letter of resignation as the coach of the Salem football program, to the Salem School Board recently. He will continue to serve as the high school principal.
At the Jan. 29 meeting of the Salem School board, Guiltner's letter of resignation was discussed in executive session and then approved.
"I want to inform you that I will be resigning as head football coach of Salem High School," Guiltner said. "I have had a wonderful experience coaching football at Salem and I could not have coached a better group of young men. I want to thank each of you for your support to the football program and for the opportunity to coach here at Salem."
Guiltner has served as head coach for Salem since 2006. Guiltner also served as both high school principal and head football coach for the 2004-05 school year.
Originally, the 2006-07 season was going to be lead by Scott Waymire, former defensive coordinator for Vilonia, a 4A school. The job was taken up by Guiltner after Waymire passed on the position with Salem for a job in Carlisle, Ark.
"I can't say enough about the job that coach Guiltner has done here at Salem, both on the football field and as principal of our school," Salem School Superintendent Ken Rich said. "Certainly, he will continue as principal of our school, and we just appreciate what he has done for us as head football coach and thank him very much for his work with the young guys here at Salem. He has always represented our school with class and that is very important to me."
"To fill the coach's position I recommend Sam Weir to be a teacher and head football coach for the 2008-09 school year," Rich said.
Sam Weir is a resident of Cherokee Village and has worked with the Salem School District before as the director of the Alternative School at Glencoe, Rich said.
Weir has 24 years of football coaching experience including both teams in Arkansas and Florida at the high school level.
At the college level Weir has coached at Arkansas State University, Marshal University and the University of Central Florida. While in college himself he played football and ran track for Arkansas State.
"He has got a lot of knowledge and we really look forward to working with him," Rich said.
The board unanimously accepted this recommendation and named Weir to the new position.