Posted: 2:05 pm Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
Eric Davis is bringing credibility to Boca Raton’s coaching staff.
The Bobcats head coach announced Tuesday that he has hired former NFL players Donnell Bennett, Ladell Betts, Anthony Harris, Leonard Weaver and Leon Searcy as assistant coaches. With Boca’s spring practice complete, the group of assistants will begin in the summer.
Bennett and Harris bring some high school coaching experience to the Bobcats. Bennett was the head football coach at Oakland Park-Northeast for four seasons and Coral Springs Christian in 2013, and Harris spent time as the head football coach at Miramar-Parkway Academy.
“Just because you have NFL ties doesn’t make you a perfect fit to coach a high school team,” said Davis, who was hired to replace Jeff Dellenbach as Boca’s head football coach in May. “But these guys have coached in the high school ranks before. It was more of a fit because they have experience with high school players.”
Some of the Bobcats’ new assistant coaches even have ties to the area. Bennett played high school football at Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons and was a running back at the University of Miami before beginning an eight-year NFL career. Harris played high school football at Fort Pierce Westwood and was a member of the Miami Dolphins from 1996 through 1999. Weaver is a Melbourne native, and Searcy played at the University of Miami and was an offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins in 2002.
With the help of his new assistant coaches, Davis hopes the Bobcats can rebound from a 4-6 season in 2013. Davis is still evaluating which positions each coach will oversee.
“You look at guys like Isiah Thomas, he played at a high level but he didn’t succeed as a coach,” Davis said. “We want to make sure they can teach the positions.”
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.