Posted: 11:52 am Friday, April 24th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Bill Hood, the man who founded the Boca Raton Christian football program, has stepped down as Blazers head coach.
Kent Stapleton, formerly the school’s girls basketball coach, will be in charge when the Blazers start spring football next month. Stapleton is a former college football offensive lineman.
“Two weeks before the season was over, I was on the field and felt very clearly that I had mellowed a bit and was not as demanding as I needed to be,” Hood said. “It was a very clear indication to me. I sensed direction from God.
“Everyone was shocked because I had been Mr. Football at Boca Christian for 10 years, but as we looked at it it became clear it was a good thing.”
Hood stepped down in January, but the school never made a formal announcement.
Hood started the program at the middle school level in 1999 and coached the varsity for program for eight seasons, posting a 17-51 record.
He will remain part of the program. Hood said he currently serves as the team’s recruiting liaison, helping players circulate their information among colleges. He also is willing to work as an assistant coach if Stapleton asks.
Hood’s son Billy will be a junior this fall, and his freshman son Caleb will also play for the Blazers. Both players are wide receivers,
“That makes it hard, but this is still the right decision,” Bill Hood said.
Hood’s history with Boca Raton Christian dates back to the late 1970s when he was a student at the school. Hood graduated in 1984 and began working there in ’89. He currently is the director of development and teaches eighth grade.