Less than 24 hours before high school football teams were to begin practicing, a major coaching change took place at one of South Florida’s top contenders.
Chaminade-Madonna football coach Jason Milgrom tweeted Sunday that he has resigned from that position.
Shortly after his announcement, Lions athletic director Andre Torres announced that the school has hired former Hallandale coach Dameon Jones to take his place.
Milgrom, a former offensive coordinator at national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas and assistant coach at that school for 18 seasons, was entering his second season as the Lions coach.
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“Throughout my long journey in coaching, I have come to the realization that it is time to move on,” Milgrom said in a written statement he posted on Twitter.
“I will miss the kids and the relationships most. The game is so simple and yet we make it so complex. There is never a good time to walk away, and this is the prime definition of that.
“However, I was unable to comprehend some decisions and the thought process on the future of the program. I could not willingly and knowingly promote something anymore that I was not sold on.”
Milgrom guided the Lions to a 7-3 record in 2015 and an appearance in the Class 3A regional semifinals, where they lost to West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy.
Chaminade-Madonna is entering this season with even higher expectations.
The Lions, who won state titles in 2003 and ’05, are ranked 44th nationally by MaxPreps.
Jones said previously he was retiring from coaching after leading his alma mater, Hallandale, to a 21-4 record over the past two seasons.
During that run, Hallandale advanced to the regional semifinals in 2014 and made a regional final appearance last year after eliminating two-time defending state champion Plantation American Heritage.
“Coach Jones is a well-respected, permanent figure in the South Florida football community,” said Torres in a statement.
“Chaminade’s commitment to building a competitive athletic program supported by its vision to prepare students for higher learning brought Jones out of retirement. His extensive background, community ties and dedication to student and program development have prepared him for this new opportunity.”
Milgrom is the second prominent Broward County coach to step down from his position less than a week before the start of preseason practices.
Boyd Anderson’s Eddie Brown took a leave of absence recently, citing personal reasons for his decision.
Brown, who formerly coached at Miami Northwestern, led the Cobras to a district championship and a 9-2 record in 2015.