Posted: 9:47 pm Monday, December 8th, 2008

Studstill Not Interested in PB Gardens Job 

By Jason Lieser

One of the most obvious names that will surface in Palm Beach Gardens’ search for a new head coach is its former star quarterback, Darren Studstill, but he said he will not be a candidate for the job.

Studstill just wrapped up a very successful first year as head coach at Royal Palm Beach, where he has coached in various capacities over eight seasons. The Wildcats went 11-2, winning their district and reaching the regional finals.

As an alumni and a fan, Studstill is curious to see who will replace fired coach Kevin Fleury on the sidelines, but said Royal Palm Beach is his “home.”

“I love everything about Palm Beach Gardens, but a this time … I’m not interested at all,” he said. “I’m interested to know who gets it, but I’m not interested in it.”

Studstill said the administration at Palm Beach Gardens has not contacted him about the opening, and he does not expect them to do so.

Studstill is one of three nominees for the Lou Groza Coach of the Year, which will be handed out at Tuesday night’s banquet. Dwyer’s Jack Daniels and Glades Central’s Jessie Hester are up for the award as well.