Posted: 11:02 am Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
By Matt Porter
Tuesday’s Palm Beach County Athletics Conference welcome-back meeting at John I. Leonard was an opportunity for schools to mingle in the same cafeteria and meet new faces.
Several new coaches and athletics administrators were introduced at the meeting, held at John I. Leonard. Not all coaches are in place for the upcoming school year, according to Palm Beach County Athletics Administrator Yetta Greene.
Among the notable changes the Post has not already reported:* Edwin James (right) is no longer Glades Central‘s athletics director and boys basketball coach. Football statistician Dennis Knabb and baseball coach Kenneth McDonald are interim co-athletics directors.
Reached Wednesday, James said he left Glades Central for a teaching position at Hidden Oaks Elementary in Lake Worth, which is closer to his home in West Palm Beach.
He said he is not coaching this year — he’ll instead focus on his eight-year-old son’s budding basketball career — but would consider returning to the sidelines in the future.
“The only thing I didn’t like about working at Glades Central was the drive,” James said. “You’ll still see me out there every Friday night.”
* Head football coach Lewis Burnham is no longer the athletics director at Boca Raton. Volleyball coach Amanda Angermeier takes over duties.
* Also at Boca, baseball coach Jeff Rosa resigned after one season and will return to his former school, Naples-Gulf Coast. The new head baseball coach is Rick Clagett, who last year was the pitching coach at Pembroke Pines-North Broward Prep.
* Matt Bennett, who coached American Heritage’s offensive line last season, was introduced as the defensive line coach at Boynton Beach.
* Longtime swimming coach Gordon Andrews leaves John I. Leonard for Park Vista. His wife and longtime assistant, Melanie, takes over as head of John I. Leonard swimming.
* Since the beginning of last year, eight schools at the meeting hired new athletics directors. In addition to Boca Raton and Glades Central, new ADs start the year at Forest Hill (Kurt Van Valkenburgh), Royal Palm Beach (Eric Patterson), Inlet Grove (Sammantha Donovan, formerly Englander), Lake Worth (Jessie Hester), Cardinal Newman (Jason Carlstrom) and Dreyfoos (Christopher Burns).
The PBCAC consists of 22 public schools in the county, plus Cardinal Newman. Inlet Grove, Dreyfoos and Village Academy are public schools that participate in the meeting, but are not PBCAC members.