Posted: 5:29 pm Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Steven Humphrey abruptly resigns as Seminole Ridge football coach 

By Jeff Greer

Steven Humphrey will never coach a football game at Seminole Ridge High, sources say.

The recently hired head football coach at the Loxahatchee school abruptly resigned eight days before the start of spring practice. Scott Barnwell, a popular assistant for former Seminole Ridge head coach Matt Dickmann, whom Humphrey replaced, will take over as Ridge’s new head coach.

The surprising news comes three months after Humphrey accepted the head coaching position at Ridge, one of the area’s rising powers. Humphrey, 29, spent the previous two seasons as the offensive coordinator at Flagler-Palm Coast. He was also offensive coordinator at Live Oak-Suwanee and wide receivers coach at Virginia Military Institute before the Palm Coast job.

Seminole Ridge hired Humphrey to replace Matt Dickman, who was the program’s first head coach and directed the Hawks to two regional finals appearances over his final three seasons. In eight years at Ridge, Dickmann, 47, was 52-33, a record that included a winless first season at the helm.

Seminole Ridge Athletic Director Scott Parks confirmed the coaching change via text message late Tuesday afternoon, saying Barnwell was the new coach at Ridge.

“Coach Humphrey had to make a decision that was best for his family,” Parks said. “One of his unborn twins was diagnosed with spina bifida and he and his wife are moving to Georgia to receive the best medical treatment possible.”

Parks said Humphrey has taken a job as an assistant coach at a school near one of the medical centers for spina bifida in Georgia.

Barnwell was a candidate to replace Dickmann and a popular option among Ridge fans. He was a kicker for Miami and the head coach for four seasons at his high school alma mater Hollywood Hills. His Hollywood Hills teams made two regional playoff appearances and won a district title in 2010. He resigned after the 2011 season, citing distance as a major factor. Barnwell lives in the West Palm Beach area.

In 2012, Barnwell joined Dickmann’s staff, helping with Ridge’s varsity quarterbacks and junior-varsity offense.

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