Posted: 7:19 pm Thursday, May 28th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
After two months without a head football coach and over 140 applicants for the job, Boca Raton will decide between two finalists tomorrow morning.
Interim coach Larry Green and assistant coach Keith Byars will go through one more round of interviews before a decision is reached.
Those two emerged after the original pool was trimmed to a handful of internal candidates and another dozen outside possibilities.
Green and Byars each bring impressive credentials to the table, though Green has had the advantage of running the team on an interim basis since the school fired Eddie Giersbrook. Green played football at Virginia Tech and most recently coached Boca Raton’s girls basketball team.
Originally, Boca Raton principal Geoff McKee and Bill Massey said Green had no interest in the head job, but there must have been some misunderstanding on that issue. Green told the Post on April 6 he wanted to be considered for the head job, and obviously he has been.
Green has spent the past two months acting as head coach, which has included dealing with disciplinary issues, working with the booster club and handling college recruiting for several players.
Byars, meanwhile, is a former first-round draft pick and Pro Bowl running back with a commanding presence. He played 13 NFL seasons, including four with the Miami Dolphins.
Giersbrook was fired in late March during a Florida High School Athletic Association investigation into possible recruiting violations centering around quarterback Eddie Sullivan.
Sullivan played at Park Vista as a sophomore before transferring to Boca Raton as a junior, and Park Vista filed a complaint with the FHSAA in November. The investigation is ongoing and could result in a variety of penalties including a fine, a post-season ban and illegally recruited players being ruled ineligible.