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Pinellas County keeps adding former Tampa Bay Buccaneers to its coaching ranks.
Calvary Christian has hired Todd Yoder to take over its football program, school officials confirmed Monday.
Yoder replaces Mark Everett, who decided to step down after one season to be an assistant. Everett, who teaches at Dunedin, said he made the decision to switch roles within the program.
“I’m just a firm believer that a head coach should be with his kids on campus during the whole year,” said Everett, who led the Warriors to a 5-5 mark last fall. “I wasn’t able to provide that being at Dunedin. It was hard because there were times when I wouldn’t be able to see of the players for weeks after the season ended.”
Yoder, 34, joined Calvary’s staff last year as a weight training and physical education teacher, as well as an assistant football coach.
Yoder played 10 years in the NFL and was with the Bucs when they won the Super Bowl. Yoder also played for the Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars.
He is the fourth former Buc who is currently a head coach of a Pinellas team, joining Donnie Abraham (Clearwater), Mike Alstott (Northside Christian) and Dave Moore (Shorecrest).
“We are thankful for coach Todd Yoder and his commitment to the school to lead our football team,” school administrator David Kilgore said. “Not only is he very knowledgeable of the game of football, but he is gifted in challenging students to give their best. His enthusiastic personality has created an excitement for playing football at Calvary.”
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