Wayne Blair will exchange the views of one coast of Florida for another this upcoming season.
That is because Blair was officially named the new head coach at Island Coast earlier today, after spending the past three seasons at Boyd Anderson.
Blair had moderate success at the Lauderdale Lakes school during this tenure there including leading the Cobras to a 10 win season in 2012, reaching the regional finals, before falling to eventual 2012 Class 7A State Champion, St. Thomas Aquinas.
The hiring of Blair by Island Coast is seen as a big one, according to Dallas Jackson of NationalHSFootball.com
“I think this is what Island Coast can consider a homerun hire. A relatively young program being able to hire away a coach from a nationally relevant school is big news for the Gators. My pure speculation is that this is a personal sigh of relief for Blair who will go from a school that expects state championships to one that is still progressing up the ranks. He should be able to succeed there, be happy, and showcase his coaching chops,” Jackson said.
Blair, replaces Joe Bowen who departed from the school back in February after leading the team for its first seven season. Bowen’s most successful season was in 2010 when he lead Island Coast to the Class 2B state semifinals.
However, the move now leaves Boyd Anderson with a task of finding a new head coach. The program shouldn’t have trouble though finding its next leader.
“Boyd Anderson is certainly an attractive job still and should be able to make a quality hire itself. The Cobras were a 10-win team in 2012 and has the talent to maintain that level of play,” Jackson said.
No time frame has been set as of yet to find Blair’s replacement at Boyd Anderson.
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