Waco ISD athletic director Johnny Tusa said he hopes to present a new Waco High girls basketball coach to the school board at their May meeting.

Ross Barber, who had coached the Lady Lions for the past five seasons, announced earlier this week that he has accepted the head job at Tyler Lee, his alma mater. Barber led the Lady Lions to four playoff appearances and a pair of district championships in his tenure.

Waco ISD is in the middle of the 10-day period the vacancy must be posted on its website. Tusa estimated that he’d received about 20 applications for the job over the past three days.

“We’d like a candidate with at least three to five years coaching on the varsity level,” Tusa said. “But even if someone doesn’t fit those parameters, that doesn’t prevent them from applying.”

Tusa said he hopes to begin interviewing candidates April 21-22.