HIGH SCHOOLS

Nine Miami-Dade high schools have new football coaches

 
 
Larry Coffey, formerly football coach at Palmetto, has taken the helm at Homestead High for the 2013 season.
Larry Coffey, formerly football coach at Palmetto, has taken the helm at Homestead High for the 2013 season.
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There are nine high schools overall in Dade that have new football coaches with the start of fall practices less than a week away.

A few are settling in to their new digs.

• Homestead has hired former Miami Palmetto coach Larry Coffey as its new coach. Coffey spent last season away from coaching, but coached at Palmetto for six years prior compiling a 52-32 record and leading the Panthers to the regional semifinals in 2008.

Coffey coached as an assistant at Homestead prior to that and has also coached at powerhouse Belle Glade Glades Central.

The Broncos went 6-4 last season under Patrick Burrows, who stepped down and became the assistant principal at nearby Richmond Heights Middle School. The Broncos lost a playoff tiebreaker against Miami Northwestern and Miami Carol City in the highly-competitive District 16-6A.

Homestead isn’t the only school that recently switched coaches.

• New Miami Southridge athletic director Shawn Carney confirmed that Lamont Green recently stepped down and the school named former Westminster Christian assistant coach Don McKnight as its new coach.

Green, The Miami Herald’s Class 8A-6A Coach of the Year in 2011, led South Miami to a 9-3 playoff season that year. Southridge struggled to a 3-7 season last year.

Green has since accepted a post as assistant coach at Miami Coral Reef with coach Chevas Clements.

• Longtime Miami Sunset coach Malkin, who was the head coach for the Knights the past seven seasons and led them to the playoffs four times during that span. Malkin stepped down before the summer and is now the offensive coordinator at Miami Palmetto.

The school promoted assistant and former defensive standout Joey Petisco as its new coach over the summer. Petisco graduated in 2002 and spent past seven seasons as an assistant under Malkin. Petisco played college football at the University of Dubuque in Iowa.

These schools join Miami Central (Roland Smith), Miami Carol City (Aubrey Hill), Barrington Christian (Tee Wooten), Mater Academy (Javier Valdes), Miami High (Ivan Rosales), Palmer Trinity (Darin DiBello) among those that have changed head coaches since the end of last season.

SIGNINGS

• Four Westminster Christian girls’ volleyball seniors signed with colleges recently.

Outside hitter Sylvia Hernandez, the Miami Herald’s Class 4A-2A Volleyball Player of the Year and rated one of the top players in the country, signed with the University of Miami.

Libero Susie Forbes signed with Palm Beach Atlantic University, outside hitter Jenny Ceballos signed with Rollins College and setter Kelsey Taylor signed with Miami-Dade College.

The group has led the Warriors to the Class 3A state semifinals the past two seasons.

Miami Monsignor Pace 5-9 senior basketball guard Kadesha Floyd signed with Mississippi Valley State University over the summer.

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