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Mon. December 14, 2009 | Izzy Gould | Email

Zephyrhills received more than 100 applications for its football head coaching vacancy.

That's a stark contrast to the 11 that applied in January to replace Tom Fisher. That search ultimately ended with the hiring of Jerrell Cogmon last April. His reign lasted through the first day of preseason practice after he was fired in the wake of a recruiting investigation.

Zephyrhills finished the 2009 season 2-8 with co-interim head coaches Troy Hochstetler and Greg Mathis.

The school released the fresh crop of applicants this morning. Among them was Hochstetler and current North Suncoast head coaches Mark Nash (Hudson) and Cliff Lohrey (Central).

Nash has been Hudson's coach for six seasons. He led the Cobras to three playoff berths. Lohrey's Bears suffered an 0-10 season in 2009. Hochstetler was a longtime assistant to Fisher before he was asked to step up after Cogmon's firing. 

Current North Suncoast assistant applicants include Tom Carter (Land O'Lakes), Brian Colding (Wesley Chapel), Tony Lister (Pasco), Mike Penix (Zephyrhills), Nick Carroll (Sunlake).

Other notables include Zephyrhills alumnus Reggie Roberts, whose father is Pasco assistant Ricky Giles. Ron Flott was head coach at Robinson and Brandon, and was a Zephyrhills assistant in the early 1980s. Former Jesuit coach Bill Schmitz and Anthony Givens, who was a Gibbs assistant, also applied .

The surge in applications is notable. When Land O'Lakes posted the head coaching job last spring it received roughly 50 applicantions to replace John Benedetto ultimately picking Matt Kitchie

In 2006, Pasco released a list of 13 applicants to replace former coach Dale Caparaso. That position ultimately went to Tom McHugh.

igould@tampabay.com

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