By Aimee Sachs • DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER • December 16, 2009
After 11 years as head coach of the Godby High football team, Shelton Crews is moving on.Crews will be the next executive director of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, effective July 1.
“I’ll be coaching coaches,” Crews said of his new gig. “It’s a chance for me to represent a profession that’s just an unbelievable thing to be a part of.”
FACA formed a selection committee over the summer with the announcement of longtime FACA executive director W.L. “Wink” Barnette’s impending retirement.
By the end of November, Crews was one of four finalists for the job. He interviewed for the position on Saturday and was offered the job on the spot.
An active member of the FACA for several years, Crews became state football chairman three years ago.
Crews posted an 88-42 record in his 11 seasons as head coach of the Cougars and a 110-61 record in 15 years overall.
He broke the news to his players on Monday.
“It was tough,” Crews said. “You get attached to them and you try to treat each one of them like they’re your own.”
Godby athletic director Reggie Davis said the search has yet to begin for Crews’ successor. He knows it won’t be easy to replace “an advocate for football in every aspect.”
“He’s built a program — not just having some good teams every now and then,” Davis said. “He’s developed an outstanding program.”
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