South Miami announced Wednesday it has hired one of its own - former offensive lineman Rick Munne - to be its new football coach.
Munne, 30, graduated from South Miami in 2004 and has previously been an assistant coach at Miami High, Northwestern and Hialeah as well as a brief stint as a quality control coach at FIU in recent years. This will be Munne’s first head coaching job in Miami-Dade County.
“It’s a blessing and a privilege to come back and coach where I got started,” Munne said. “Looking forward to sharing the knowledge I learned from some of the best coaches around and sharing that with these kids.”
Munne played for a couple of Dade’s longtime coaches, Charlie Yanda and Joe Mira, while at South Miami.
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His goal is to turn around a South Miami squad that went 3-7 this past season and has not made the playoffs since they went 9-2 and made the regional semifinals in 2011 under then-coach Lamont Green.
“My objective is similar to what we did a couple of times there during my time as a player when we reversed the numbers and went from losing seasons one year to a winning record the next,” Munne said.
“It has to be a cultural change at the school. There are a lot of guys that are just players. I want to create a band of brothers within a program. In order to do that, I need full cooperation from every aspect of the school. My main goal is to create an overall community within the school.”