Cassville looks to fill Large shoes

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Cassville's David Large agreed to take the athletic director's position at Branson High School. Large has spent the last 12 years in the Cassville School District. Chuck Nickle Photography

Wildcats Athletic Director heads to Branson on July 1

In the wake of Cassville athletic director's departure, the school district is searching for the person who will fill his shoes.

David Large is leaving the district to take the athletic director opening at the Branson School District. He replaces Tony Berry, Branson activities director, who accepted a position as assistant superintendent at School of the Osage.

For 11 seasons David Large was a fixture on the football sidelines at Cassville leading the team to two state titles. Large announced Friday that he is leaving Wildcat Nation for the athletic director's job at Branson. Chuck Nickle Photography

"My family and I are very excited about moving to Branson and joining the Branson School District," Large said. "Branson High School is a great school and has some of the best facilities in Missouri. I look forward to continuing what Tony Berry has established and working with [Branson Principal] Chip Arnette to build for the future.

"We have been very blessed in our lives, and we would like to thank the Cassville school administration and community for all they have done for us."

Arnette said Large had a number of qualities the school was looking for in hiring a new athletic director.

"He possesses outstanding credentials and, more importantly, his character and passion for students is evident in his actions," he said. "He knows how to build successful programs and sustain them."

Cassville athletic direct and former football coach David Large has announced that he will step down at the end of the school year. Large has accepted the athletic director's position for the Branson School District. Chuck Nickle Photography

During his 11-year tenure at Cassville, Large compiled a 104-17 record. The Wildcats also won two state titles and the last four Big 8 Conference titles.

Large is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and also earned degrees from Missouri Southern State University and Southwest Baptist University. He and his wife Kristen have two daughters and will make their home in Branson.

One year ago, Large stepped down as the head coach of the Wildcats football team for personal and family reasons.

Large will serve out the school year at Cassville and will begin his duties with the Branson School District on July 1. His base salary at Branson has been set at $78,000. His salary at Cassville is a total of $65,419, which includes his $46,750 base pay (based on experience and education) and $18,669, which is the 24 percent stipend (based on the $34,500 base teacher pay) and two extra months of contracted work.

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