For a second time in as many seasons, the Tohopekaliga Tigers will have a new football coach.
Earlier last week, Anthony Davis stepped down as head coach and will be replaced by Marc Deas on an interim basis for the 2019 season.
Davis, who guided the Tigers to a 2-7 record in their inaugural campaign, said his sudden resignation was hard.
“It was really tough morning for me to go in an inform my players that I was stepping down as head coach,” Davis said. “I came in here with the intention of building a strong, solid football program. During the past year I developed great relationships with our faculty, staff, parents, coaches and most importantly student-athletes.”
Davis added, “We faced many adversities during my first year, some that would have made many people give up. But our players and coaches kept pushing forward and never gave up. I felt we accomplished a lot of good things and I am confident that Coach Deas will continue moving this program in the right direction.”
A chance to return to his original home in the Florida Keys to become director of parks and recreation for the city of Marathon spurred the decision to resign.
“This opportunity gives me a chance to have a direct effect on the entire community from the youth to the senior citizens. I look forward to working with my community to provide the best parks and recreation activities to enrich the lives of everyone who visits our city,” Davis said.
Deas is a graduate of Osceola High School and played linebacker for the Kowboys and earned all-state honors from several publications. He played four years at defensive back for the Georgia Bulldogs from 2011-14 and served as defensive coordinator for Davis last year.
He was an assistant for two years at Osceola under Doug Nichols before joining the new Tohopekaliga school prior to last season.
With Deas on the staff last year, it should make for a seamless transition when pre-season practices open July 29.
“I’ve been with this program since the beginning. I know the players and I ran the defense last year. Hopefully this change will not be a distraction and we keep moving forward,” Davis said.
(Editor’s Note: Look for the preview of 2019 Tohopekaliga Football next week)