While we will not know who the next Head Football Coach will be at Bradford High until sometime next week, there is a good chance that the next man to lead the program will have scarlet and gray bloodlines.

3 former Bradford players were among the 5 finalists chosen by a search committee in a field of about 50 applicants.

They include current Offensive Line  and Strength Coach Steve Reynolds who played his college ball just down the road at J.U.

Jeff Nettles is another BHS grad who has served as Offensive Coordinator for Clay High School.

Larry Shannon was a Tornado gridiron great in the early 90's and went on to set receiving records at East Carolina before becoming a 3rd round draft pick of the Dolphins. Larry has enjoyed a long career as Defensive Coordinator at Venice High School.

While the other two finalists lack a Tornado pedigree, they are well known and regarded by BHS Athletic Director Neil Chipoletti.

Joel Brighton played for Chip at Orange Park High School and was the former Head Coach at Oakleaf. He also had a stint as Graduate Assistant at Tulane University. 

Danny Cowgill has ties to Fleming Island and was the previous Head Coach at Nease High School. Prior to becoming Head Coach at Nease, he was Defensive Coordinator during the Tim Tebow era, which produced a state championship.

The 5 will interview with the search committee between Thursday and Tuesday and a replacement for current Head Coach Derek Chipoletti is expected to be announced by Wednesday of next week according to the A.D.

Bradford is a great job and this is reflected in the quality of the finalists. Having known the 3 with Bradford connections for a long time, I can attest that they are top shelf coaches and men. While I do not know the other two, they certanly enjoy sterling reputations.

Whoever ends up with the job will have to hit the ground running. Spring Football practice starts May 1st.


On a side note, congratulations are in order for former Tornado and FSU great Letroy Guion, who just yesterday inked a 3 year, 9 million dollar free agent contract to remain with the Minnesota Vikings. Letroy has paid his dues the past 4 years in the NFL and the Vikes are expecting big things out of him in the years ahead.