Posted: 9:28 am Friday, November 8th, 2013

Santaluces football coach Daryl Drinkwater resigns 

By Anthony Chiang

After just missing the playoffs this season with a 6-4 record, Santaluces will have to search for a new coach.

Daryl Drinkwater informed The Post of his decision to resign as the Chiefs’ head coach following his team’s 30-29 loss to Vero Beach on Thursday. But the move has been known for weeks, as Drinkwater informed Santaluces athletic director Shannon Livingston of his decision over a month ago.

Drinkwater received a promotion within the Palm Beach County School District to work on the professional development team. The former Santaluces language arts teacher has been working at his new job since September, but he wanted to finish the football season before resigning from his coaching position.

“Nothing pulled me away from Santaluces. I didn’t want to leave,” Drinkwater said. “But I recently got married and I want to start a family, and this gives me a better opportunity to have the family structure that I would like to have. I’m not leaving on bad terms. They don’t have ill will toward me. It’s just something I needed to do for my family.”

The Chiefs posted a 22-28 record in five seasons under Drinkwater. In that time, Santaluces made the playoffs once in 2009, but fell to Melbourne in the first round.

Drinkwater hopes Santaluces offensive coordinator Jason Bradley is considered for the opening. In Bradley’s first season calling plays this year, the Chiefs averaged 33 points per game.

Livingston said he will gather up applicants and start interviews for the open position in two weeks, adding that he plans to hire a new head coach by the end of December.

“We’re open to everything,” Livingston said. “We are not locked in to any one person. We’re exploring all options.”

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