Posted: 4:10 pm Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Boca, football coach Lewis Burnham part ways; Dellenbach to take over 

By Jeff Greer

Lewis Burnham will no longer be head football coach at Boca Raton. Former Plantation-American Heritage coach and Miami Dolphins lineman Jeff Dellenbach will take over, sources said, though the school did not confirm Burnham’s replacement.

Lewis Burnham's Boca teams were 5-11 under his tutelage.

Burnham, who coached Boca as the full-time head coach in 2012 and as the interim head coach for the majority of the 2011 season, was 5-11 with the Bobcats after replacing Keith Byars. Burnham’s 2012 team had high hopes, but struggled to a 3-6 record and dealt with a handful of significant injuries, including quarterback Kevin Anderson’s season-ending shoulder injury. Several issues, both on and off the field, led to Burnham’s dismissal, several sources said.

The process to replace Burnham began before the holidays, but took time to materialize. He was informed of the school administration’s decision this week. Boca football players will meet with administrators Friday to discuss the changes, and the school is expected to make the announcements public next week.

Dellenbach spent two seasons at Plantation-American Heritage, but lost the job after the 2012 season. He was 18-4 with two district titles at American Heritage, and went 22-11 over three seasons at Coconut Creek-North Broward Prep before that.

Dellenbach, 50, played at the University of Wisconsin and was a fourth-round pick of the Dolphins in 1985. He played for Miami from 1985-94 before spending two seasons with the Patriots, three with the Packers and one with the Eagles before retiring following the 199 season. He was a member of the Packers team that won Super Bowl XXXI.

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