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Boca Ciega principal Michael Vigue announced the hiring of Antez Brinson as the school's football coach on Tuesday.
Brinson, 30, an assistant coach and teacher at Lakewood, replaces Stevie Thomas, who resigned in December because he said the school was looking for an on-campus coach.
Vigue said via e-mail that he would try to bring Brinson on as a social studies teacher at Boca Ciega as early as this spring. Brinson will likely meet with the players next week and the parents soon after.
"I can't say I was looking strictly at getting this job," Brinson said of the Pirates' head coaching position. "It was an opportunity and something that came open. It was the only job that I applied for."
Brinson played for the Spartans before going on to college at Troy and Florida A&M. He spent the past 6 1/2 seasons as an assistant at Lakewood and was one of the finalists to become head coach in 2008 when the school hired Cory Moore to take over the program.
The Boca Ciega position had 90 applicants. Brinson was among seven finalists, all from Florida. The others were Dusty Boylson of St. Petersburg, Cliff Lohrey of Lecanto, Jason Robinson of Orange County, Jermaine Showers of Gainesville, Joe Skladany of Naples and Josh Weber of Tampa.
Brinson said he had a second interview on Jan. 14. Contrary to other reports, no decision on the hire was made until late Tuesday afternoon.
Brinson takes over a Pirates team that went 4-6 last season with three losses coming by one point each. Boca Ciega will graduate the majority of its offensive stars, including quarterback Shaquille Bradford and receiver Tyree Green. But the defense was young last year and will have plenty of returning starters.