Nick Williams, Kyle LoJacono
Published: July 17, 2013   |
Updated: July 19, 2013 at 09:28 AM
Richard "Cam" Jones was named head football coach at Chamberlain High, principal Tommy Morrill said Tuesday.
Jones, an offensive assistant coach with Chamberlain last season, replaces DJ Mayo, who resigned last week after one season to become the quarterbacks coach at Warner University in Lake Wales.
Jones inherits a program that finished 4-6 in 2012 and 1-9 in 2011.
Nearly 20 coaches applied for the position, and 10 were interviewed, Morrill said. Jones was hired to teach in the Exceptional Student Education program at Chamberlain. Before coming to Chamberlain, Jones had coaching stints at the University of South Florida and Jefferson.
"He's very passionate and enthusiastic," Morrill said. "And he's high on academic achievement."
Morrill said he also admired Jones' demeanor on the sideline during games.
"His practice and game-day expectations are high," Morrill said.
Angela Gillisse resigned as Steinbrenner's coach. She stepped down last week and has taken a position with a local nonprofit group.
Gillisse, a former University of Tampa and Durant standout, led the fourth-year program to a 14-6 record and its fourth straight postseason berth in her first seaso.
The Warriors finished as Class 4A-District 8 runner-up to Wiregrass Ranch before being eliminated by state finalist Lakeland George Jenkins in the region quarterfinals.
Steinbrenner is looking for its fourth coach in as many seasons.
Steinbrenner athletic director Eddie Henderson said the school is advertising the position, and there is no timetable to name a replacement.