Veteran football coach Javi Valdes confirmed Monday he is headed to coach at Miami Killian.
Valdes is leaving Coral Reef after one season in which the Barracudas went 4-6 to join a Cougars’ program that missed the playoffs for the first time in four years this past season.
"Killian is a top-notch program based on tradition and recent success so I felt it was a no-brainer for me and my family to get in that mix," Valdes said. "It’s a team in an elite district. There’s a lot of work to do, but there are great kids in the building and I think we have to establish our program and see what happens."
Valdes, 33, coached at Mater Academy the two seasons prior to his stint at Coral Reef, leading the Lions to a 14-7 record over those two years and the school’s first playoff appearance.
Former Killian coach Cory Johnson recently stepped down after his team fell just short of the playoffs losing in the District 16-8A playoff tiebreaker to Southridge. Before that, the Cougars made the playoffs three consecutive seasons – a run that included two regional finals appearances.
Prior to his head coaching stints at Coral Reef and Mater Academy, Valdes was the offensive coordinator at Southridge, Homestead, Belen and Archbishop Carroll.