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Northside Christian football coach Andre Dobson has left after four seasons to become coach and athletic director at Lakeland Victory Christian.
Dobson, hired by the Mustangs in 2008, went 14-27 with no playoff appearances (one extra win was a bowl game).
He takes over a program at Victory Christian that has traditionally been a power at the small-school level and a nemesis to Pinellas County teams. Last year, Victory Christian went 8-3 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. The previous year, Victory made the state semis, beating Admiral Farragut along the way.
“It’s bittersweet because my family put roots down here, and I don’t want to leave my guys at Northside,” Dobson said Friday. “But there were too many opportunities at Victory to say no there.”
A former player and coach at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., Dobson was head coach from 2005-07 at Monte Vista Christian (Calif.), where he took over a program that lost 30 straight games. He showed steady improvement, winning three games in 2005, four in ‘06 and five in ‘07.
At Northside, Dobson took over the program from Bob Dare, the school’s all-time winningest coach who was let go after 28 seasons. Dobson also had to battle low turnout among players and struggled to field enough for a varsity team.