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King's Garcia Resigns Football Job

KATHERINE SMITH, The Tampa Tribune Staff
Published:   |   Updated: June 2, 2013 at 05:17 AM

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TAMPA - King High athletic director Frank Oliver still possesses a stack of resumes from the last time the Lions conducted a football coaching search, which was only a year ago.

But after Coach Earl Garcia III resigned Tuesday, Oliver will have to sift through those candidates again to fill a position.

"We're advertising for a head coach," Oliver said. "I have a list of names from the last search, which wasn't that long ago."

Garcia quit after nearly a year as the Lions head coach. He cited personal and professional reasons for his resignation.

The Lions were 2-8 in Garcia's only season as head coach, a season that included his five-week suspension because of an incident with an official following a game.

Despite the short tenure, Garcia said he is not leaving "on bad terms" with the administration.

"We've given eight kids the opportunity to play college football and that's something I'm really proud of," Garcia said of King's senior class. "The whole thing's just been a really large learning curve."

The son of Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia won't rule out returning to coaching. He said he will remain on King's teaching staff as an in-school suspension teacher through the end of the school year.

"It was just time for me to look at other opportunities," he said. "I'd definitely like to coach again."

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