Posted: 5:14 pm Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Reidel Anthony will not return to Glades Central 

By Matt Porter

Reidel Anthony will not return for a third season as Glades Central’s offensive coordinator.

Anthony, who starred as a Glades Central and Florida wide receiver before spending five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, says he has taken another coaching role: he’ll help out his 11-year-old son’s Pop Warner team in Tampa.

“He’s around that age where he’s going to start making the right decisions or the bad decisions,” Anthony said. “Not being in Tampa for six or seven months out of the year is a little tough. That was a big part of it.”

Anthony, 36, lives in Tampa and trains receivers and quarterbacks. He stayed in South Bay during football season.

Interesting side note: Anthony said his son’s team may be coached by former MLB All-Star Gary Sheffield, who also has a son on the team. Sheffield, before switching to baseball, was a linebacker at Tampa-Hillsborough High.

Anyway, Anthony said won’t be keeping much distance from the Raiders. He’ll be on the phone every Friday night looking for game updates. He also said he’s excited about the Raiders’ upcoming seniors, and even more so the 2015 class: “That might be a state championship team. We’ve got some great players in that class.”

For Anthony, coaching at his storied alma mater was “a dream come true.”

“You can’t beat it,” he said. “On game night, there’s no better place to play.”

Glades Central coach Roosevelt Blackmon said he’s currently interviewing candidates to replace Anthony as offensive coordinator.

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