Coral Springs Christian hired former University of Miami running back and Northeast High coach Donnell Bennett to lead the Crusaders’ football program on Thursday.
“My kids go to school here, and I just thought it would be a lot of fun to be around them,” said Bennett, whose eldest son, Donnell Jr., 12, is entering the eighth grade and plays on the middle school’s team.
Bennett, 40, officially resigned at Northeast in March. The former second-round pick who spent eight seasons in the NFL led the Hurricanes to a combined 31-17 record and four playoff appearances in his four seasons there.
He takes over a Class 2A program that finished 5-4-1 last season under Monte Gonzalez and returns 10 two-way players from a roster of 18.
“I haven’t even met with the team yet,” Bennett said. “My [coaching] staff, all that has to be figured out.”
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, Plantation American Heritage and Miami Westwood Christian each won the overall All-Sports awards for this year’s Florida High School Athletic Association’s Floyd E. Lay Sunshine Cup.
Aquinas, which won state championships in five sports, had the highest overall point total of any school statewide and won for Class 7A. American Heritage won the Class 5A overall award, highlighted by three state championships. And Westwood Christian, which won its first state title in baseball, took home the Class 2A honors.
Aquinas also won the Class 7A boys’ and girls’ divisions, and American Heritage won for Class 5A girls. Westwood Christian also won the Class 2A boys’ division.
Weston Cypress Bay, which won a state title in boys’ soccer and was a state runner-up in football, won the Class 8A boys’ division. Miami Booker T. Washington, which won a state football title and was a runner-up in track, won the Class 4A boys’ public school division.
Miami Ransom Everglades won the Class 4A girls’ private school division, and Hollywood Sheridan Hills Christian won the Class 2A girls’ private school division.
Four Miami Sunset baseball players have signed with colleges.
Shortstop Michael Paez signed with Coastal Carolina, second baseman Michael Centeno signed with St. Thomas University, pitcher Austin Comesanas signed with Winston Salem State and catcher Alex Bravo signed with Mississippi Valley State.
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