In the three weeks since Rashad West resigned as Southeast High’s head football coach, 55 candidates have submitted applications to be his successor.
The program that Paul Maechtle built into a powerhouse with two state championships in the mid-1990s is looking for its third head coach since Maechtle’s retirement after John Warren and West lasted two years apiece in the job.
High school and college coaches are among those who have applied.
Here are a couple names that stand out from the group:
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Brett Timmons: Previously was the head coach and athletic director at Out-of-Door Academy, where he built the Thunder’s football program from the ground up. He has one state semifinal appearance under his belt and played at Southeast as part of the Seminoles’ state championship years. Also, he played college ball at Tulane, revered for its tough academic standards, alongside former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Shaun King during the Green Wave’s perfect 1998 season.
Peter Warrick: Briefly spent time as an assistant toward the end of Maechtle’s long tenure at Southeast. Famous for his playing career that arguably should have included a Heisman Trophy for his on-field performances at Florida State University. He was a multiple state champ at Southeast in football, basketball and track.
Baraka Atkins: Played high school ball at Sarasota Booker before playing at the University of Miami and in the NFL. The former defensive end was the defensive coordinator on brother Dumaka’s staff this past season at Booker.
Elgin Hicks: A former Punta Gorda Charlotte star wide receiver who played at South Florida and one NFL season, he is an assistant with his high school alma mater.
Full list of applicants for Southeast High head coaching job