Miami Central football coach Telly Lockette accepted the job Monday to become the University of South Florida’s new running backs coach.
Lockette, 37, who led Central to two state championships over the past three seasons, could not be reached for comment.
But Central alumni president D.C. Clark told The Miami Herald via email that Lockett accepted the job and informed his assistants and players Monday afternoon.
The former Miami Northwestern running back standout and assistant coach will be joining new USF coach Willie Taggart’s staff.
Lockette has coached the Rockets since 2008 and led them to a 60-10 record on the field (47-23 according to the FHSAA, which vacated the Rockets’ 13 wins in 2011 for having an ineligible player) and this season became the first coach to take a Miami-Dade County team to three consecutive title-game appearances. Central has advanced to at least the state semifinals each of the past four seasons and has not lost to a Dade team since 2009.
• The 18th annual South Florida All-Star Basketball Game (Dade vs. Broward) will be played Saturday at Ransom Everglades.
Four games will be played beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10. Tournament of Champions Inc., the title sponsor of the event, has also forged an innovative community partnership with Virrick Park in Coconut Grove and will hold its “Shoot for the Stars Positive Peer Leadership Symposium and basketball clinic at Virrick Park before the games at 10 a.m. Former Philadelphia 76ers star guard Wali Jones will conduct the workshop. Former Miami Heat guard Mark Strickland will also participate.
• The 27th annual Class 4A-1A basketball senior all-star games will be held Friday at Florida Christian. The girls’ game will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the boys’ game at 7:30 p.m. The event will also include a three-point contest for both girls and boys and a slam dunk contest at halftime of the boys’ game. The contest will also include MVP presentations for both boys and girls on each north and south team.
Notable boys’ players: Alex Carter, Calusa Prep;, Nick Santana, LaSalle; and Armand Shoon, Westwood Christian. ; Gianni Garcia, Archbishop Carroll; and Alex Thomas, Monsignor Pace. , Sam Singer, Ransom, Khambrel Roach, Ransom; Notable girls’ players: Onika Swaby, Miami Country Day, Breanna Blot, Miami Country Day, Katie Tillman, LaSalle, Winter Rodriguez, Dade Christian, Brandy Smith, Ransom, Carolina Vargas, Saint Brendan.
Southridge 6, Coral Reef 1
WP: Isaac Dasilva (3-0). LP: Christian Grullon. Top performers: Dasilva 7IP, CG, 4H, 8K. Arlain Sesin 2-3, RBI. JP Perez-Castaneda RBI single. SR 6-3. CR 0-9.
Columbus 11, TERRA 1 — WP: Anthony Martinez. Top performers: Martinez R, 6 K. Ryan Alvarez 2-3, 3-R HR, double. Pablo De Armas 2-3, double, RBI.
Hialeah Educational Academy 12, Princeton Christian 0: HEA 6-0.
Archbishop McCarthy 10, Goleman 0 (6)
WP: Aaron Soto. LP: Christian Abad. Top performers: Soto 4 IP, 0 R, 9 K. Michael Gigliotti 1-3, HR, 2 R, RBI. Mike Hernandez 2-3, 2 RBI.