Rob Scheidt toured the Clovis West campus and met with athletic director Karen Sowers on Tuesday.
The Merced football coach expects to decide by the end of the week whether to formerly apply for the vacant head coaching job.
"I haven't made a decision," Scheidt said. "Hopefully at the end of the week I'll have a clearer picture.
"I just visited. It wasn't anything formal. I just talked with them to give them an opportunity to know me.
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"I just want evaluate everything so I don't make an abrupt decision either way."
Sowers says the school won't begin formal interviews until the first or second week in March.
"Right now we're just doing site visits," Sowers said. "We'd love to have a coach named before spring training.
"We're going to work on it and hopefully have a coach in place in the next few weeks."
Scheidt came away impressed with the weight room and other facilities on campus.
"They do put a lot of money into their facilities," Scheidt said. "There are some things we can't match.
"But when it's all said and done, they are a high school program just like us."
As one of the more high-profile football programs in the state, Clovis West will be shooting high in its search for Marty Martin, who was fired after just one season.
"We'd like to have an experienced Division I coach that has been a successful coach," Sowers said. "We want an enthusiastic, hard-working coach. But our focus is on a coach who's had experience."
Scheidt fits that bill.
He's led Merced to two straight Central California Conference championships and an appearance in the Sac-Joaquin Section title game two years ago.
Merced is 31-5 in the last three seasons.
"In terms of being a coach, there are things I can gain just going through the process," Scheidt said. "It can help you grow as a coach because it lets you see what other people are doing. It can help better yourself and your program if you're not going anywhere.
"It's been an eye-opening experience as far as doing that."
Shawn Jansen is a Sun-Star sports reporter. He can be reached at 385-2462 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.