On Monday afternoon 4Quartersonline.com had a chance to head out to Madison County High School, where we met up with new Madison County Head Coach, Mike Coe. Watch as Coach Coe talks about Madison County football tradition, returning players and their supportive fans!
4Quartersonline.com made a visit out to Godby High School during the final practice before their annual “Blue and White” game to catch up with former Florida State and University of Alabama recruiting expert Ronnie Cottrell who is now the head football coach. Coach Cottrell speaks on the direction of the program after the departure of Shelton Crews, the importance of academic success and the key players who’ll return next fall!
The Jefferson County Tigers find themselves in search of a new head football coach and athletic director as head man Willie Spears will be taking over the program at Suwannee High School. Spears, the 4Quartersonline.com 2009 Head Coach of the Year, is noted for breathing life into a Jefferson County program that hadn’t made the playoffs since 2004 in just a single season. The Tigers won the Class 1B District 1 title and saw a record 5 seniors sign letters to play college football under his leadership as a coach and as a Teacher in the school.
2009 will be remembered as a year where many local-area teams had winning records and 9 of those teams reached postseason play. Spears’ Tigers were among that group. When asked about the move to Suwanee, Spears said that “Bill Brumfield and the Jefferson County community treated me like a king. I did not want to leave, however it was the best move for my family at this time.” Stay logged on to 4Quartersonline.com as we bring you more on this story.
Interview By Marc Adams
Interview By Marc Adams
Interview By Marc Adams
By David Sáez • DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER • July 2, 2009
The whole thing began with a simple phone conversation between college roommates.
Earlier this spring, Florida High alumnus Mike Bloomgren learned that his friend’s oldest son was now in eighth grade and would be playing football at the alma mater.
The chat inspired Bloomgren to give back to Florida High, from which he graduated in 1995 and where he played tight end and linebacker on the varsity team for two years.
“He told me all the great things that were going on over there, and about the good work (Florida High football coach Jarrod Hickman) was doing,” Bloomgren said in a phone interview. “And I wanted to help out in any way I could.”
Now an offensive assistant with the New York Jets, Bloomgren turned to the NFL’s Youth Football Camp Grant Program as a resource to feed his inspiration.
The result is one-day free football camp at Florida High for kids 8 to 14 years old. Bloomgren, his college friend Dwayne Robinson and Hickman, along with others, will facilitate the camp, which is Monday from noon to 4 p.m.
With the $4,000 grant, Bloomgren said they have chosen to enroll 75 camp participants. A significant portion of the participants will be from the Florida High football program, but the camp will include young players from area schools, too.
The grant is just one given to about 150 NFL players and coaches, and as a whole, the program has granted $500,000 this year.
“Mike called me one day and told me it was time for him to start giving back now that he’s settled down,” Hickman said.
Now in his third year with the Jets, Bloomgren’s journey to the NFL has had many stops, one of which included his own hometown.
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Camp will Start noon Monday July 6,2009 at Florida High.
Lake Mary Prep hires “Buck” Gurley as coach
Written by Buddy Collings Varsity Gridiron
Lake Mary Prep has named Sheddrick “Buck” Gurley, who was a defensive tackle on UF’s 2000 SEC title team and the Tampa Bay Bucs 2002 Super Bowl champion squad, as its new head football coach.
He replaces Matt Arena, who led the Griffins to 4-6 seasons the past two years following an 0-9 record in 2006 in his first year on the job. LMP, which has played football for five years, snapped a 21-game losing streak in 2007.
Gurley started 16 games in his final two seasons at Florida, then played sparingly as a rookie reserve in the NFL before being released in the 2003 preseason. He later played for the Orlando Predators.
Gurley is relocating from Tallahassee, where he has been an assistant for his high school alma mater, Godby.
Lake Mary Prep concluded spring drills Thursday night with an 18-14 loss to Master’s Academy. Arena told players after the game he was being released from the position.
“It breaks my heart because I’ve worked so hard to build this program,” Arena said Friday. “I’ll move on.”
Image is from the University of Florida Archive
By Johnny Cofield.
While At Tulane, Tim was a 4 year letterman in football and track and garnered all conference Honors in both sports. This past year he was inducted into the Tulane football Hall of Fame. He received his bachelors degree in Social Science from Tulane and a masters degree in Exercise Science from East Carolina University.
Though football was not his first love he did it so well that the NFL came a calling, Carter had stints in New Orleans and San Francisco and played in the World League. He also help lead the Berlin Thunder to the 2002 World League Championship title. Tim finished his professional career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian league in 2003.
Tim says “Memories of my high school coaches, coach Williams (Willie Williams, Track/Football), coach Bell (Rickey Bell, Football) and coach Vinny Gill (soccer) taught me patience, how to competing and treat people fair”. He tries to use the things he learned from his coaches in his profession and life . “My high school coaches were very important to me; they were like my family” said Carter. He seems to have the cool laid back approach with an even temperament in dealing with players and coaches. Tim remembers the long hours he put in as an athlete.
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The city of Tallahassee has produced some outstanding prep athletes and Tim Carter, recruiting coordinator for the Eastern Michigan University Eagle, was one of the very best. He is a 1996 graduate of James S. Rickards High. Carter join the staff of newly appointed Head Coach Ron English this past winter along with younger brother Antonio Carter who also is a Rickards grad. In between recruiting visits, Tim sat down and talk to 4quartersonline about some of his accomplishments and people who influenced his athletic career.
At Rickards, Tim was All-State in Football, Track and Soccer. He also received an honorable mention prep All-American in track and Soccer. Tim stated ” I was cut from the 9th grade basketball team that really hurt so I concentrated on track and soccer”. As good as he was in track and soccer, Tim excelled in football, as a freshman quarterback on a not so good team ” I got killed out there in my last game on JV and I wondered if I really wanted to play” said Carter. Instead, he did play football and earned a football scholarship to the University of Tulane.
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FAMU High: Ira Reynolds
Florida High : Jarred Hickman
Godby High : Shelton Crews
John Paul II : Mathew Olesnevich
Leon High : Bill Ragans
Lincoln High : Yusef Shakir
Maclay School : Kez McCorvey
North Florida Christian: Tim Cokley
Rickards High : Rudy Hubbard