Ex-Shorecrest coach Hayford turned down Hudson job, is eying another area gig



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Mon. March 26, 2012 | Bob Putnam | Email

Former Shorecrest football coach Phil Hayford said he was offered the Hudson job early last week but turned it down because the school was not close enough to his family in St. Petersburg.

But Hayford could have another coaching job by Thursday. Hayford would not say whether it would be as a head coach or an assistant and whether the job would be in Pinellas County.

“My daughter and grandson are in St. Petersburg, and I don’t want to be too far away from them,” Hayford said. “If it wasn’t for that, I would definitely have taken the job at Hudson.”

Hayford has ties to Cobras athletic director Keith Newton, whose sister-in-law, Kathie Newton, teaches at Shorecrest. Kathie Newton’s three sons all played for the Chargers under Hayford.

Hayford also said he was among seven finalists for the head coaching job at Naples Barron Collier but took himself out of the running.


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