published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Coaching search on again for Avon Park
By DAN HOEHNE
Sooner than expected, the Avon Park varsity football program is conducting another coaching search after first-year head coach Lee Brown resigned from the position last week.
"We had some general conversations after the season and took some time for reflection," Avon Park principal Tealy Williams said. "After we got back from break he offered his resignation.
"He did a great job in starting to turn the program around in many regards, but in the end, we just realized it wasn't the right fit for either side."
And so the search is on again, this time with the initial look being closer to home.
"Last year we did a nationwide search and went through about 40 applicants," Williams said. "Now we're starting our search in house, we'll give our own guys a look first and see where we go from there. If nothing hits here then we'll expand out to look around the county.
"Our focus early on is to look around here and see what we have," he continued. "Having a connection with our community, in Avon Park and Highlands County, is very important to get the program moving in the right direction."
It's been a rough stretch that the Devils have been through, with records ranging from 1-9 in 2007 to 4-7 in '11 before falling back to 2-9 this past season.
And though there is some time to play with, the spring practice season is on the horizon and getting someone in place soon is the priority.
"We're going to try to get this done right, and as quickly as possible," Williams said.
Football Coach (by: Blukey - 1/16/2013)
Whatever is done, give them time to build a program. Avon Park wants a great program, but will not stop coaching from the stands enough to give the coach a chance. Work with him to help him build a program. A coach has to be able to put in what he believes in and it will work. It might take some time to implement it but it will work. We have to try to keep good men in Avon Park who are willing to work with our kids and not run them away because they did do what the coaches in the stands want. If a coach could recruit, give scholarships, pay the players or get those coaches out the stands to work on his staff, and then yes run them off if they don’t win.
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