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Blake names Micheal Burns its new football coach (UPDATE 12:35 p.m.)

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Wed. February 29, 2012 | Laura Keeley | Email

As of today, there are no more football head coaching vacancies in Hillsborough County.

Blake named Micheal Burns as its new head coach, athletic director Jesse Salters said. Burns, 39, was most recently the head coach of New Haven High School in Michigan in 2011, which was his first head coaching job. He also served as the offensive coordinator and co-defensive coordinator. Burns is a graduate of Florida A&M, and his most recent job in Florida prior to accepting the Blake position was as the co-offensive coordinator at Celebration high school in Kissimmee.

The other finalist, according to Salters, was Casey Thiele, who accepted a position with a school in the Jacksonville area.

“He came very detailed in his plan of action and direction he wanted the program to go,” Salters said of Burns. “He had done his homework and researched our program,  and he had a plan to take it to next level.”

Burns and Salters are in the process of assembling a coaching staff. Former Tampa Catholic and University of Miami quarterback Kenny Kelly has been mentioned by Burns as a possible offensive coordinator, but as of now, no official decision has been made (Burns did play with Kelly's brother, Keith, at Florida A&M). Salters said both he and Burns will interview prospective assistants.

"I'm probably a little bit biased, but there's no place for high school football like the state of Florida," said Burns, a Jacksonville native. "We want to get the team together, show them the process, how to get over the hump, establish that rapport, and they'll see that sometimes the grass is greener on the other side."  

Burns replaces 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.

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