Cypress Bay football coach Mark Guandolo will decide sometime this week whether or not to accept the head coaching job at Orlando Edgewater.
Guandolo, who led the Lightning to the Class 8A state championship game last month, met with the principal and athletic director at Edgewater on Friday, but did not accept the job.
“A decision to stay at Cypress or accept a new position will be made this week,” Guandolo told The Miami Herald in a text message. “This is a difficult decision for my family and I. At this time I have no idea what that decision will be, and I will let everyone know what is going on as soon as I know. Thank you so much.”
Guandolo began his coaching career in South Florida in 1987 and has 240 wins, 71 losses and two state titles as a head coach at Monsignor Pace, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna, Miramar, Miami Southridge and now Cypress Bay. He has led five teams to the finals and became the first coach in the state’s history to lead three different programs to the finals last month (Southridge in 1999; Chaminade in 2002, ’03, ’05; Cypress Bay 2012).
Cypress Bay lost a heartbreaker in the final to Apopka 53-50.
The 54-year-old coach has a connection to Edgewater athletic director Valerie Miyares, who coached softball and worked as an assistant athletic director at Chaminade-Madonna. Miyares’ boss at Chaminade was Guandolo.
For the second year in a row, the Private and Public All-Stars put on a classic as once again things came down the final possession.
And once again, it was the Private All-Stars that came through with a one point victory.
With the Public Stars on the outskirts of field-goal range at the Private 26 and just 30 seconds left, American Heritage Delray’s Kajuan Pete picked of a pass from North Miami’s James Volcy to preserve a 28-27 victory in the Fourth Annual Tru-Sports Foundation Public vs. Private All-Star game on Saturday night at Monsignor Pace High School.
With a no-time-left field goal to win by one a year ago, the Privates now lead the Public team 3-1 in the series.
Trailing 28-13 entering the fourth quarter, things looked bleak for the Public stars. But when Public quarterback Brandon Diaz of Miami Central scored his second touchdown of the night and ran in the subsequent two point conversion with 12 minutes left, the Public squad was within seven at 28-21.
The Private team then drove the length of the field before Booker T. Washington cornerback Tyrell Everett made the biggest defensive play of the night when, with the Private team about to go in for the putaway touchdown, he picked off Private quarterback Isaac Soza of Calvary Christian and bolted 96 yards for a touchdown with nine minutes left. But a bad snap on the extra point prevented the game-tying PAT to keep it at 28-27.
Two state championship players wound up being the MVPs of the game.
Diaz, who started the season playing quarterback for Central before eventually being moved to tight end and linebacker, returned to his familiar quarterback position and wound up as the game’s offensive MVP. He completed 10 of 13 passes for 177 yards, rushed for another 30 yards and scored two touchdowns along with the two-point conversion.
St. Thomas Aquanis defensive end Matt Brewer dominated all night for the Private team as he recorded 14 tackles and one key sack on the Public’s last ditch drive.