JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In what has been a gradual offseason for highschool soccer teaching motion, Palatka made the primary rent of the brand new yr on Wednesday.
The Panthers employed Patrick Turner from Menendez to attempt to assist restore a program that has light considerably since Jim McCool retired after teaching his ultimate season in 2003.
Turner heads to Putnam County from his athletic director position at Menendez, though he has a soccer background.
Turner coached Menendez for 5 seasons from 2013-17, going 31-24 and reaching the state playoffs thrice.
The Falcons gained their first playoff sport in his ultimate season, beating Belleview 38-24 on the highway. They misplaced the next week in a 37-28 shootout towards Baker County. That Wildcats workforce later performed for the Class 5A state title.
Turner coached for 3 seasons in North Carolina previous to his arrival at Menendez and went 14-19.
In a put up on Twitter, Turner mentioned that it was a bittersweet day.
“I’ve accepted the Head Teaching Job at Palatka Excessive Faculty. I’m Excited and Equally unhappy to go away my Menendez household as I’ve spent the final eight years right here. They are going to be missed. Thanks Admin, lecturers, coaches and gamers that I used to be capable of work with! GoFalcons/ Go Panthers!”
The problem will probably be steep.
McCool was Palatka’s head coach from 1983-2003 and went 159-74. The Panthers have cycled by way of coaches since then, with six of them making stops in Putnam County. None of them have completed their stints in Palatka with a .500 report or greater. Willie Offord (10-11) in 2012-13 and Randy Hedstrom (Four-6 in 2014) have been the highest coaches, recordwise, in that span.
Turner will change Willie Fells, a Palatka alum who went 6-24 in his three seasons there.
Menendez nonetheless has a emptiness, too.
Mark Galella served in an interim position and went Four-5. He took over on the third sport of the season after Kenny Sanchez was fired abruptly for his actions following a 28-Three win at Gainesville Eastside.
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