Wesley Chapel has posted an advertisement on the Florida High School Athletic Association's Web site seeking a head football coach.
The move was made after school officials met with John Castelamare last week to inform him of their intent to move find a new coach. Castelamare, the only head coach in program history, has explored all options in terms of his employment at the school.
Castelamare is in the final year of the Deferred Retirement Option Program (also known as DROP). The program once served as financial incentive to have teachers retire within five years of enrollment. During a teacher shortage, teachers routinely extended their enrollment in the program. In March, superintendent Heather Fiorentino said she would no longer grant extensions.
That stance has not changed. Anticipating Castelamare's depature following the school year, Wesley Chapel wants a new coach in place for spring football.
"We wanted to get things started," Wesley Chapel athletic director Steve Mumaw said. "He ageeed and understood. He agreed to help us in our search. ...There's a 99.9 percent chance he won't be back."
Castelamare, who has taught for 38 years, coached the 2009 season knowing this could be his last. He continued to hold out hope for a change in the current DROP policy and said his wish would be to continue coaching and teaching at Wesley Chapel.
"What are you going to do," Castelamare said. "You can't get the extensions. You want to continue but it's just not going to happen."
Below is a copy of the advertisement on the FHSAA Web site. Mumaw said an advertisement will also be placed on the Pasco County School District's job board after Jan. 1:
Wesley Chapel High School is seeking applications for the Head Football Coaching position. Teaching positions will be announced at a later date. All interested applicants should send a letter of interest and resume to: Steve Mumaw, Athletic Director, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com%20>. The position will remain open until it is filled.