Fort Pierce Central has a very diverse group of candidates who have applied for its head football position.
Central released the list of 56 applicants for the opening on Friday. The candidates include 11 high school head coaches, seven who coached at the college level last year and eight who currently are not coaching.
“We’ve compiled the list, but we have not had much of an opportunity to discuss it,” Central athletic director Jay Stewart said. “(Principal Todd) Smith is reviewing the applications.”
Interim head coach Josh Shaffer was one of just three local applicants. The others are former Fort Pierce Westwood coach Waides Ashmon and Vero Beach assistant Danny Thomas.
Current head coaches in Florida who submitted applications include Lakeland-Victory Christian Academy’s Jeff Schaum and Plantation-American Heritage’s Byron Walker.
Schaum led Victory Christian to a 11-2 record and the Class 1B semifinals. American Heritage went 7-4 and won the District 8-2A title before losing in the regional championship game.
Stewart said the school does not have a specific timeline in place to hire a new coach.
“I don’t have a date yet, but obviously we’re going to have one before next season begins,” Stewart said. “This is a very busy time of year for us and Mr. Smith hasn’t determined which applicants he would like to speak with yet.”
Central is replacing Chris Hutchings, who resigned on April 6. He compiled a 30-32 record in six seasons, leading the team to four district titles and two regional semifinal appearances.
THE 56 APPLICANTS
Coach Present position City, state
Danny Adams Winfield High School head coach Winfield, Ala.
Doug Allison Park View High School head coach South Hill, Va.
Mark Ainsley Sheridan Hills Christian defensive coordinator Hollywood, Fla.
Waides Ashmon Former Westwood head coach Fort Pierce
Bruce Barberi not currently coaching Bennington, Neb.
Greg Bigham Marvell Academy head coach Marvell, Ark.
Wayne Blair University School co-defensive coordinator Ft. Lauderdale
Marcus Buchanan Pace High School assistant coach Pace, Fla.
John Callahan Spaulding High School head coach Barre, Vt.
John Capodice Berlin High School head coach Berlin, Conn.
Steve Castle not currently coaching Jacksonville
Josh Charles University of West Georgia linebackers coach Carrollton, Ga.
Keith Chattin Winder Barrow High School offensive line coach Winder, Ga.
Eddie Chinea Morton Ranch High School freshman assistant coach Katy,Texas
Darryl Clark not currently coaching Miramar, Fla.
Justin Daniels assistant wrestling coach Middleburg, Fla.
James Davis Glenville State College secondary coach Glenville, W.Va.
Hunter Dawkins St. Stanislaus College Prep assistant coach Bay St. Louis, Mo.
Hugh Dehnert Plant High School assistant coach Tampa
Greg Fowler Obion Central High School defensive coordinator Troy, Tenn.
Larry Getts not currently coaching Fort Wayne, Ind.
Martin Glover Dora High School head coach Dora, Ala.
Garrett Hagin Miles College assistant coach Fairfield, Ala.
Michael Hay Mt. Dora High School assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Mt. Dora, Fla.
Ryan Heasley Davidson College offensive coordinator Davidson, N.C.
David Hofman Hall of Fame Baseball coach Ft. Lauderdale
Dameon Hughes Independence Community College defensive backs coach Independence, Kan.
Terry Humphrey Suwannee High School assistant coach Live Oak, Fla.
Luther Justus Palm Spring Middle School girls basketball coach West Palm Beach
Matthew King Buchholz High School assistant basketball coach Gainesville
Matthew Kitchie Out-of-Door Academy offensive coordinator Sarasota
Tony Lombardo no information available
Kirk Mastromatteo not currently coaching Norfolk, Va.
Damieon Mills South Plaguemines High School head coach Port Sulphur, La.
Jesse Montalto Upper Iowa University assistant coach Layette, Iowa
Eric Olson Freedom High School offensive coordinator Orlando
Harold Pearson not currently coaching Miami Beach
Tom Phillips Pickerington High School head coach Pickerington, Ohio
Dave Rocco Jefferson Forest High School defensive coordinator Forest, Va.
Arpedge Rolle Florida Air Academy assistant head coach Melbourne
Russell Rothar Harmony High School defensive coordinator Harmony, Fla.
Jesus Sarduy not currently coaching Miami
Jeff Schaum Victory Christian Academy head coach Lakeland
Josh Shaffer Fort Pierce Central High School interim head coach Fort Pierce
Adolph Shepardson Alleghany High School head coach Sparta, N.C.
Todd Siscol Mainland High School assistant coach Daytona
Joe Skladany Estero High School co-offensive coordinator Naples
Gene Smith Gateway High School assistant coach Kissimmee
Greg Southwood Miami Norland Senior High School assistant head coach Miami
Jeff Stephens Geneva College assistant coach Beaver Falls, Penn.
Danny Thomas Vero Beach High School assistant coach Vero Beach
Rafael Tolentino Winter Springs High School assistant coach Winter Springs, Fla.
Joe Van Vactor Bradford High School offensive line coach Starke, Fla.
Ken Wakefield Randolph Macon College defensive backs coach Ashland, Va.
Byron Walker American Heritage head coach Plantation, Fla.
Adul Yates Lakewood High assistant coach St. Peterburg