Posted: 4:29 pm Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Football: PB Central principal speaks about decision to fire head coach Rod Harris 

By Anthony Chiang

Just one day after Palm Beach Central confirmed the firing of head football coach Rod Harris, the school’s principal spoke about the issue.

Harris was fired after six seasons as the Broncos’ coach Monday, recording a a 38-27 record in that time. He helped the Broncos record their first playoff victory in school history in 2012 and back-to-back district championships in 2012 and 2013.

“There is more to it than winning,” Palm Beach Central principal Butch Mondy said. “Maybe winning can be a byproduct of all of the other things we afford our young men.

“We had a conversation and I just think we have a different belief and philosophy of how a high school football program should be run and handled. I won’t talk about the conversations that I’ve had with coach Harris, but I just think we disagree with our philosophy.”

Mondy said he hopes to work with athletic director Ron Matella to hire a new head football coach “as soon as possible.” The entire coaching staff was not let go, but Mondy said the new coach will have the power to either retain the current assistant coaches or bring in new ones.

“The sooner the better, so we can make sure we’re ready for spring ball and have plenty of time to help support the student-athletes,” Mondy said of hiring a new head coach. “The most important thing is that we set ourselves up where we give opportunities to young men to take care of academics first, and then athletics afterward.”