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Coaches with quick state appearances?

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...one of the best turnaround stories.  Dwight Thomas went to Escambia in 1983 after being fired by Choctawhatchee (despite a very good record).  Escambia had a reputation for drugs and crime and prior to his arrival, had only 1 winning season in 23.  That year, Emmitt Smith was a freshman at Escambia.  Thomas started Emmitt, another freshman, and 11 sophomores.  Many of the seniors left the team during the season, but Escambia finished 7-3.  The following year, 1984, Escambia won the 3A title, and the following year, Escambia won the 4A title.  Escambia was ranked as high as #2 in the USA Today poll that year.

 

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8 hours ago, Tigers13 said:

Tim Harris Jr.  Won at Booker T in first year 2014

Earl Tillman won at Booker T in his first or second year 2015

david penland won at University Christian in his 1st year  2012

wilkinson won at Cocoa in his 4th year 2008 

Cocoa new coach Schneider took them back to the state finals in his first season as their head coach.

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15 hours ago, Perspective said:

I'm not 100% sure, but I believe Tampa Plant was 1-9 in 2003.  Robert Weiner became the coach in 2004 and the team went 3-7.  In 2005, Plant went 9-3.  And in 2006, in Coach Weiner's third year as head coach, Plant went 15-0 and won the State Championship. 

Exactly correct. Playoffs second year. Lost to Armwood in round 2. Won State in year 3.

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Milton Watson made it to the State Final in his 4th season (1997) at Glades Central. Won Championship in 5th (1998).

Willie Bueno won a championship in his 1st season at Glades Central in 2000. He also won in his 3rd season (2007) and 5th season (2009) at American Heritage- Delray.

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