Cardinal Newman has found its next head coach to lead the Crusaders for the upcoming 2015 season.

According to Wells Dusenberry at ESPN 106.3 in West Palm Beach, the private, Catholic-based school has hired former Archbishop McCarthy head coach John Timmins to lead the program. He takes over for Steve Walsh who left several weeks ago for the Director of Football Operations at IMG Academy in Bradenton.

Timmins’ tenure at Archbishop McCarthy from 2008-2011 has been cited as one of the biggest reasons for his hiring including is strength in the Catholic school values system.

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“He fit the complete package of what Cardinal Newman is all about. Successful football coach. He understands the Catholic school values systems. He’s been at Archbishop (McCarthy), St. Anne’s and St. Thomas Aquinas. He fits the bill,” Cardinal Newman Athletic Director Jason Carlstom told ESPN 106.3.

During Timmons’ tenure at Archbishop McCarthy, he lead the Mavericks to their first two playoff appearances in school history in 2009 and 2010. In 2010 the playoffs took Archbishop McCarthy all the way to the regional finals before falling to eventual Class 3A state runner-up Miami Norland in a close 27-23 contest.

Cardinal Newman went 4-6 last year, exiting in the first round of the Class 3A regional playoffs.

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