Posted: 6:52 pm Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Suncoast head football coach Micah Mays leaves the school 

By Matt Porter

Updated: 6:49 p.m.
Citing personal reasons, Suncoast High head football coach Micah Mays said he will leave the school after one season of coaching and teaching. But Suncoast’s athletic director refuted that, saying Mays was no longer at the school because of a “personnel decision” that came school administration.

Reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Mays said he dealt with personal issues and a long-term illness in his family throughout the fall.

“Right now I’m just laying low, and trying to get things situated at home,” he said.

But Wednesday evening, Suncoast athletic director Kelli Erianne said it an administrative decision. She refused to say whether Mays stepped aside or had been fired.

“He’s just not at Suncoast anymore,” Erianne said.

When told Mays said he stepped aside, Erianne said Suncoast administration told her of the decision, but that she couldn’t comment further.

“I don’t deal with anything related to school issues,” she said. “I was told it was a personnel issue, and that we would be hiring a new football and weightlifting coach.” Mays is also a weightlifting coach at the school.

Mays, who also teaches math at the school, said he informed Suncoast’s administration of his plans after the winter break. His last day was Tuesday.

A 1997 graduate of Palm Beach Lakes who played at Grambling State after high school, Mays was an assistant at Palm Beach Lakes for six seasons before he was hired last February.

Players reached Wednesday afternoon said Mays left a lukewarm impression.

“[He] wasn’t too bad. There are a lot of things he could have done better,” one Suncoast senior said. “He didn’t help us a lot to get to the Outback Bowl.”

Mays, 31, said he would not rule out coaching in the future.

Despite finishing the regular season 2-8, the Chargers earned a Class 2A playoff spot. They lost to Plantation-American Heritage in the first round.

Erianne said a search for a new football coach would begin soon.

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