Posted: 2:26 pm Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Football: Glades Central opens coaching positions up to outside competition 

By Anthony Chiang

After finishing with its first losing season in two decades this year, Glades Central has decided to explore its options.

The Raiders have opened up all of their coaching positions to outside competition. But the school has not ruled out bringing back head coach Roosevelt Blackmon and his staff, emphasizing that they can reapply for their old jobs.

Glades Central assistant principal Cindy McDade confirmed the news Wednesday and added that the school would like to have a coaching staff in place “as soon as possible.”

“We just decided to move in a different direction,” McDade said.

Glades Central finished with a 5-6 record last season, falling to Miami-Washington in the first round of the playoffs. It marked the first time since 2002, the Raiders did not advance to the second round.

In three seasons at Glades Central, Blackmon posted a 25-12 record. Blackmon led the Raiders to the regional finals in each of his first two seasons at the helm, but this year’s first-round exit was enough for the school to look at its options. Blackmon did not immediately return The Palm Beach Post‘s phone calls.

Glades Central, which has won six state titles, has a history of football success and coaching turnover. The longest-tenured coach in the last 25 years was Milton Watson, who won two state championships in his six years (1994-99).

“They are supposed to beat everybody in Palm Beach County and win state titles,” Lake Worth coach Jessie Hester, who was fired at Glades Central in 2010 despite going 36-4 while in the position. ” It’s totally unrealistic to have that type of pressure on coaches and on those kids. But that’s just the way it is.”