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After three months, Blake football coach Micheal Burns has resigned. In a Tuesday interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Burns cited a few reasons for his resignation.
"Whenever you go into a situation and try to change the culture, there will always be some unhappy people," said Burns, who was hired Feb. 29. "Once you have a set of standards that you believe in whole-heartedly, you have to be able to walk in and out with your head up.
"There will always be grumblings. I don’t care if you’re a state championship team, there will always be unhappy people."
Burns, 39, will move back to Orlando with his wife, who works in sales. He said the daily commute his wife faced (her territory started at Orlando and went east) took a toll on the family.
Burns was the coach of New Haven High School in Michigan in 2011, his first head coaching job. A graduate of Florida A&M, Burns was as the co-offensive coordinator at Celebration High in Kissimmee before coming to Blake. He was hired to replace Harry Hubbard, who was dismissed in December after compiling a 9-21 mark in three seasons. Blake hasn’t had a winning season since 2000, the last time it reached the playoffs.
In addition to a new coach, Blake also needs a new quarterback, as incumbent Zain Gilmore transferred to Robinson May 1, the day before the start of spring football.
Athletic director Jesse Salters couldn't immediately be reached for comment.