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December 23, 2012

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The 2012 season ended barely a week ago, but that doesn't mean the news stops coming.

From Pensacola to Miami and all parts in between, there have been 46 coaching changes as of Dec. 20. Here is a list of all the vacancies and recent hirings from across the state.

American Heritage

Old Coach: Jeff Dellenbach

The Word: After two years, Plantation American Heritage announced it has parted ways with athletic director and football coach Jeff Dellenbach. The school announced it chose to separate both positions and part ways with Dellenbach, despite his team winning back-to-back district titles, going 9-2 and making the playoffs both seasons losing to Miami Jackson in the first round of the playoffs.

New Coach: Mike Rumph


Old Coach: James Hale

The Word: James Hale, the only head football coach Panama Arnold has ever had, decided to step down after thirteen seasons. Hale guided the Marlins to an 80-52 record, including four regional semifinal appearances. A 10-1 season in 2008 helped him earn State Coach of the Year honors.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Jean Gordon

The Word: After seven seasons, Jean Gordon, 56, resigned citing fatigue and a need for a change following a 25-44 career at Bradenton Bayshore, after a 3-7 season this year.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Phil Ziglar

The Word: Prior to his 23rd season, longtime coach Phil Ziglar, was informed this would be his final season after not being retained as a retiree on an annual contract. Zieglar concluded his Boone career 139-112, with 11 playoff appearances, finishing a 6-4 season with a 13-12 win over arch-rival Edgewater.

New Coach: Former Freedom coach Andy Johnson (37-35, six seasons) went seeking for a new challenge and landed one of the best programs in the county taking over for longtime coach Phil Ziglar.


Old Coach: Tom Bostic

The Word: Prior to his 30th season, longtime coach Tom Bostic, 56, announced his retirement from coaching. Bostic finished his career 170-145, including a 3-7 season his final year.

New Coach: Former Tampa Bay Bucs great and St. Pete Gibbs coach, Donnie Abraham, 38, was brought on as an assistant coach prior to the 2012 as a coach in waiting. Abraham inherits a program seeking its first playoff appearance since 2003.

Crystal River

Old Coach: Greg Fowler

The Word: Third year coach Greg Fowler was suspended without pay for 10 days and eventually fired after using inappropriate language at practice and games. Under Fowler, the Pirates were 11-9 in his two seasons, including a 6-4 bowl season, despite missing the final three games.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Ky Cowan

The Word: After three years, Ky Cowan resigned from the program after going 4-16 during his time, including 0-10 this past season.

New Coach: N/A

Delray Atlantic

Old Coach: Chris Bean

The Word: Following a first round loss to Boyd Anderson, Bean retired from coaching. Bean, 41-21 in six season, was 21-11 the last three years in his second stint as Delray Atlantic head coach. From 2003-2005, Bean was 20-10 at Atlantic with three consecutive playoff appearances.

New Coach: N/A

East Ridge

Old Coach: Bud O'Hara

The Word: O'Hara was shockingly let go without an explanation, O'Hara told the Orlando Sentinel. O'Hara, who started the program in 2002, compiled an 87-37 record with just two losing seasons, the first year and this year.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Dave Wensyel

The Word: Interim coach Dave Wensyel was 3-8 in his lone season and was forced out despite taking the Eagles to the state playoffs, leaving the Eagles searching for their fourth coach in four years.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: David Hess

The Word: Following a 3-6 season, David Hess announced his resignation Friday morning, saying that he wanted to focus on other aspects of his job at the school. Hess was 38-45 in eight seasons.

New Coach: N/A

Freedom (Orlando)

Old Coach: Andy Johnson

The Word: Citing a new direction and new challenge, Andy Johnson (37-35) resigned after six seasons, despite going 23-10 the past three seasons, including a 7-4 mark this year.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Tom Carter

The Word: After two seasons, Tom Carter resigned from Gulf after going 2-18 during his time, including a 0-10 season this year after being outscored 424-29.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Nate Gierke

The Word: Gierke, son of legendary coach Bill Gierke, launched the program in 2005 and guided the program to a 21-40 record in six years, including a 2-8 season this year. With All-American quarterback Jeff Driskel the Huskies reached the playoffs in 2010 with a 7-4 record and followed that up going 6-4 the following year without Driskel.

New Coach: N/A

Haines City

Old Coach: Pete Barber

The Word: After a meeting with his athletic director and principal, Barber resigned after five seasons. Barber told the Lakeland Ledger after leaving the meeting it was pretty evident it was time to step away. During the meeting, Barber was attempting to get an activity bus to help players get home and football weightlifting classes for his athletes.

New Coach: Ron Johnson, 40, who was defensive line coach at nearby Lake Wales was named the New Coach of the Hornets. Johnson, who also coached at Kathleen and Lakeland, was among 50 applicants for the job.


Old Coach: Paul Whittenburg

The Word: Having been a part of the program since 1975, Whittenburg retired from coaching after a first round loss to Lafayette. Whittenburg ended his coaching career 7-4 this season with a district runner-up finish and a 200-133 career record.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Kenard Lang

The Word: Lang stepped down after five seasons to take the vacant Wekiva job, calling it a wonderful opportunity and dream come true. Lang (30-25, five seasons) turned the Jones program around with four playoff appearances, including a regional final appearance this season.

New Coach: N/A

Lake Region

Old Coach: Steve Reynolds

The Word: After 14 seasons, including seven as the head coach, Steve Reynolds decided to step away from the program and reassess his next move. Reynolds went 2-8 this season and 28-42 during his time with the Thunder.

New Coach: N/A

Landmark Christian

Old Coach: Mark Burton

The Word: Burton resigned from after seven years accumulating a 64-14 record, including a 10-0 season this year. Burton, who guided Landmark to a Sunshine State Athletic Conference title as an independent, said he didn't think school administrators were on board with the move to the FHSAA.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Bill Ragans

The Word: After six seasons, Leon decided to go in a different direction and part ways with coach Bill Ragans after a 2-8 season. Ragans, who was 29-34, started his tenure with three consecutive runner-up playoff appearances but failed to make the postseason each of last three years.

New Coach: Calling it an offer he couldn't refuse, former NFC head coach Tim Cokely who guided the Eagles to six state titles, accepted an offer to take the vacant Leon coaching job.


Old Coach: Dave Benson

The Word: Liberty head coach Dave Benson, 12-18 overall, saw his three year coaching tenure come to an end when school officials relieved him of his duties.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Tim Cokely

The Word: Cokely leaves the program after one season going 8-2 and missing the playoffs, after finishing third in the district to take the Leon job.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Rob Justino

The Word: After eight seasons, former Middleburg player turned head coach Rob Justino, resigned after a 1-9 season. Justino ended his final season with a lone win over Tallahassee Leon and finished his career 23-57 at Middleburg.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Perry Brown

The Word: Brown finished his DROP program and was forced to retire leaving Mosley looking for a New Coach. Brown was 44-41 during his eight seasons, including two playoff appearances his first two seasons.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Jeff Brady

The Word: After helping the new program transition from six-man to 11-man football, Jeff Brady was shockingly let go during the season. Brady, a former NFL linebacker, claims he was fired after raising safety concerns, while the school claims they decided to move in another direction.

New Coach: N/A

Ocala Forest

Old Coach: David Hodges

The Word: After six years, David Hodges decided he had enough of coaching at his alma mater. Hodges 30-30 in his tenure, along with his principal mutually agreed on the decision.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Bob Head

The Word: Seeking a new challenge, longtime coach Bob Head resigned from his Olympia head coaching duties to take the vacant West Orange job. Head, 38, guided the Titans to back-to-back district titles the last two seasons and a 48-37 overall record during his tenure.

New Coach: N/A

Orange City University

Old Coach: Mike Vogt The Word: After three years, Mike Vogt, 30, is returning to his Old Coaching roots to take the offensive coordinator job at Pinecrest High School in North Carolina. Vogt (10-21, three seasons) started the Titans program from scratch and improved each season going 2-8, 3-7 and 5-6 in his three seasons.

New Coach: N/A

Orange Park

Old Coach: Danny Green The Word: To spend more time with his family, fifth year coach Danny Green resigned from his coaching duties. Green, 34-23, turned around a program coming off a 1-9 season into area power with back-to-back-to-back district titles, including two Elite 8 appearances.

New Coach: N/A

Palmer Trinity

Old Coach: Daryl Maple

The Word: It appears after six years, Palmer Trinity and head coach Daryl Maple have parted ways. A listing on the FHSAA classified page list the head coaching job open. Maple was 20-36 during his six years including a playoff appearance in 2008.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Marquis Lundy

The Word: Paxon and head coach Marquis Lundy have parted ways after administrators released Lundy from his contract after three seasons, going 9-22 during his time.

New Coach: N/A

Pedro Menendez

Old Coach: Keith Cromwell

The Word: Cromwell stepped down after seven seasons to pursue an administrator position within the school. He leaves the school after compiling a 30-42 record including a 16-12 during the programs best run from 207-2009.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Corey Fleming The Word: Poinciana is seeking its eighth football coach since 2000, after Corey Fleming stepped down to pursue a better coaching opportunity. Fleming, who was 3-17 in his two seasons, is looking at one of the areas other high school head coaching jobs or a couple of college position jobs.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Mike DePue

The Word: Although he informed everyone prior to the season, longtime coach Mike DePue made it official after the season and resigned from Robinson. DePue was 72-43 during his ten years at the school, including a 12-2 state semifinal appearance this season.

New Coach: N/A

Sebastian River

Old Coach: Randy Bethel

The Word: Sebastian River administrators decided to go in another direction shockingly releasing longtime coach Randy Bethel from his contract. Bethel, who was 84-78 in 16 seasons, was released despite guiding the Sharks to their best season in program history capturing the school's first district title and tying a school record with eight wins.

New Coach: N/A

Tampa Catholic

Old Coach: Bob Henriquez

The Word: After 17 seasons, Bob Henriquez stepped down to take a job as the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser. Henriquez won 128 games and made the playoffs 13 times while at Tampa Catholic.

New Coach: Offensive coordinator Mike Gregory became the school's 15th head coach, being promoted to head coach. On the staff since 2009, Gregory also was an assistant at Orlando University.

Tampa Jesuit

Old Coach: James Harrell

The Word: Harrell informed school officials of his decision to resign despite going 28-6 and winning two district titles in three seasons.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Brad Naggatz

The Word: After a 1-8 first season, Brad Naggatz was let go of his coaching duties from Tate. Naggatz, who has been on the Tate staff since 2006 as offensive and defensive coordinator, ended a 20 game losing streak with a win over Washington in the final game of the season, but that wasn't enough to keep his job.

New Coach: N/A

Trinity Prep

Old Coach: Drew Nemec

The Word: Trinity Prep and longtime coach Drew Nemec have parted ways after fourteen seasons. Nemec was 67-65 during his time, including 2-8 this season.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Ryan Boyd

The Word: After an 1-9 inaugural season, Ryan Boyd was not brought back for a second season at Vernon.

New Coach: N/A

Victory Christian

Old Coach: Andrew Dobson

The Word: For the second time in two years, Victory Christian is looking for another coach after Andrew Dobson resigned after a 2-8 inaugural year.

New Coach: N/A


Old Coach: Ty Parker

The Word: Following a 1-9 season, Ty Parker resigned after going 18-43 in six seasons.

New Coach: Calling it a wonderful opportunity and dream come true, Kenard Lang (30-25, five seasons) resigned from Jones to accept the Wekiva job.

Wesley Chappel Old Coach: Ben Alford

The Word: Ben Alford resigned to take a non-football job in Iowa near his wife's family.

New Coach: Former Wiregrass assistant coach Tico Hernandez became the third coach in the programs history accepting the job.

West Orange

Old Coach: Chip Petree

The Word: After four years, Chip Petree, who moved from North Carolina, stepped down after five seasons. Petree, 19-32 in five seasons, went 8-3 and 5-5 in his final two seasons after winning six games in his first three seasons.

New Coach: Seeking a new challenge, longtime head coach Bob Head makes the transition down I-4 and into a program more known for its top ranked baseball program.

Winter Springs

Old Coach: Tom Carlsen

The Word: After back-to-back 1-9 seasons, Tom Carlsen was removed from his coaching duties at Winter Springs.

New Coach: N/A

Wiregrass Ranch

Old Coach: Jeremy Shobe

The Word: Following back-to-back 0-10 seasons, fourth year coach Jeremy Shobe resigned after the season. Shobe 11-30 in four seasons, guided the Bulls to a 5-5 season his inaugural season and to the playoffs in year two, but over the last two seasons, the Bulls were outscored 801-107.

New Coach: First year offensive coordinator Mike Lawrence, 38, was named the schools third head coach recently following Ricky Thomas and Jeremy Shobe. Lawrence, who has never been a head coach before, inherits a program in the midst of a 22-game losing streak.


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