Posted: 5:26 pm Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Olympic Heights names Kevin Fleury head football coach 

By Matt Porter

Olympic Heights wanted a recognizable figure to be their next head coach. Friday, the school chose Kevin Fleury, who won a 2005 state title at Palm Beach Gardens. 

Fleury

Fleury

Fleury, who has been Cardinal Newman’s defensive coordinator for three years under Steve Walsh, had expressed strong interest in once again becoming a head coach.

“When I had my exit interview with him, I told him, ‘I know you’re going to have some opportunities,’” Walsh said. “I only thought I was going to have him for one year. I was very fortunate to have him for three.” 

Fleury said he’s excited about turning things around at Olympic Heights, which has seen several talented players leave the school in the past several seasons.

“We’ve got to rebuild this program,” said Fleury, who said his staff will include several experienced coaches, including former Olympic Heights assistant Bob Leibowitz. “We want to keep the kids at their home school.”

After a 3-7 season, Olympic Heights fired first-year coach Travis Johnson, who responded by blasting the school’s administration for a lack of support. The Lions beat three teams — Forest Hill, Palm Beach Lakes and Okeechobee — with a combined 4-26 record.

Mitch Henghold was head coach from 2005 to 2010, going 6-4 and 7-3 in his final two years.

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