Posted: 1:19 pm Friday, February 10th, 2012

Palm Beach Lakes hires Willie Snead as its new football coach 

By Jeff Greer

Palm Beach Lakes has found a new football head coach, and it’s a familiar name.

Snead

Willie Snead, Hampton’s offensive coordinator and a former Glades Central head coach, will take over the foundering program, Lakes Principal Anthony Hamlet confirmed on Friday. Snead coached Glades Central to its most recent state championship, in 2006. He’s coached high school football in Michigan and Florida, becoming well-known for his fast-paced, no-huddle offense.

“He’s interested in coming back here and getting involved with Palm Beach Lakes football,” Hamlet said. “He wants to build this program up again.”

Snead, a Belle Glade native, helped recruit six Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast players to Hampton, a Division I-AA school in Virginia. His offense averaged 28.3 points and 366 yards a game. He’ll be expected to turn a mightily struggling Lakes program around, as he has at every other stop he’s made.

Lakes was 1-9 in 2011, a year after finishing 2-8. The Rams averaged 7.4 points a game and were shut out four times. The school and former coach Alonzo Jefferson agreed to part ways last month, and several big names were floated as possible replacements, including former Glades Central and Suncoast coach Jessie Hester.