The Stranahan and West Broward football teams will have new coaches next season.
Stranahan’s Joe Redmond, citing kidney problems, resigned Monday, and West Broward’s Chris Wagner resigned from the Bobcats two weeks ago.
Redmond has coached football for 38 years in high school and college. He has compiled a high school head coaching record of 97-49. The stress of coaching, compounded by his health issues, made his resignation the clear-cut choice even though he and his wife wanted him to return for one more year to reach the 100-win milestone.
Redmond has undergone two month-long stints in the hospital in the past three years — once last spring and the other in 2010 — where he said both times he stared death in the face.
“I’d like to look my wife in the face instead of death,” Redmond said.
He will continue with his role as a teacher, even beyond the end of the school year in May. He said he will remain in regular contact with players and coaches and help with management of team’s weight-training workouts.
Redmond coached at Miami Jackson, Dillard and Deerfield Beach before spending the past six years at Stranahan, where he won three district titles with a squad that was 0-9 the year before his arrival.
“I think I made a profound impact,” Redmond said. “I think I brought a culture and a style. I coach high school football because that’s what I like. I take pride in grooming young men.”
Stranahan will post the job opening online sometime this week.
Reports surfaced Monday afternoon that Wagner’s resignation also occurred Monday, but The Miami Herald confirmed that Wagner’s resignation took place before spring break, approximately two weeks ago.
West Broward athletic director James Darr posted an ad for the head football coaching vacancy on the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) website on March 19.
Darr said he has received résumés from local and out-of-state applicants. He said he hopes to find the Bobcats’ new football coach this week with spring football practices to commence later this month.
West Broward finished 2-8 overall and 0-5 in District 12-8A in 2012.
TRACK AND FIELD
St. Thomas Aquinas gave reigning Class 4A state girls’ track champion Boyd Anderson something to think about by clocking two nation-leading times at the Texas Relays.
Two-time 400-meter state champion Kendall Ellis teamed with Khalifa St. Fort, Krysten Golden and Krystal Sparling as the Raiders won the 1,600 relay in 3 minutes 41.52 seconds.
The Raiders’ 3,200-relay team featured Toria Levy, Narinah Jean-Baptiste, Alon Lewis and Christina Kalis, who assumed the top spot in the nation with a time of 9:17.56.
Lewis proved the biggest point-producer for the Raiders while also leading the 1,600 sprint medley (4:03.23) and 800-relay team (Florida No. 1 1:38.21) to fourth-place finishes.
Boyd Anderson will get to what it can do when it competes in the Arcadia Invitational in California on Saturday.
Coral Springs 7, South Plantation 3
WP: Jordan Barrett. LP: Ryan Terrill. Top performers: Barrett 4 2/3 IP, R, ER, 2 H, 9 K, 3 BB. Justin Mixon 2-4, R, RBI. Vinny Cerullo 2-4, RBI. Michael Montalvo 2-3, 2 R, RBI.