After nearly two decades, Braddock’s football team will have a new coach.
Braddock athletic director Eric Lape confirmed to The Miami Herald on Friday that longtime coach Frank Rojas will no longer coach the team.
Lape said Juan Torres, the team’s offensive coordinator for the past 11 seasons and first starting quarterback when the school started varsity football in 1990, has been promoted to head coach.
"It was a mutual decision and it’s a good time for me to seek other opportunities," Rojas said. "I can’t think of a better choice to take over the program than [Torres]."
Torres is only the third football head coach in the school’s history.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity,” Torres said. “It’s pretty special since I have been at the school all that time. I learned a lot from coach Rojas and coach Pat Cunningham before him. My immediate goal is to get this team a few more wins, but it’s going to be a gradual process. But I’m hoping over the next three years we will be back in contention to win a district title.”
Rojas has coached at Braddock since the program’s inception, taking over for Cunningham in 1997. Rojas led the Bulldogs to three district championships over the past 18 seasons. Braddock had struggled to back-to-back 2-8 records the past two seasons and has not made playoffs since 2011.
Rojas was the longest tenured coach at a public school in Miami-Dade County.
“We do appreciate coach Rojas and are grateful for everything he’s done for Braddock over the years,” Lape said. “But we felt it was time to go in another direction.”