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Thu. September 2, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Wilt returns to sideline for Lennard

When Lennard football coach George Edington began his search for a new offensive coordinator in the offseason, he immediately knew his first move.

Edington turned to Jim Wilt, a county coaching fixture who was the Longhorns' first head coach and is still a physical education teacher at the school.

Wilt agreed to return to the sideline. Lennard opens its season Friday night at Bloomingdale.

"To have someone with that kind of experience inside the building, it was easy," Edington said. "There's no one else I'd rather have."

Wilt, who coached football in Hillsborough County for more than two decades, first began coaching in the mid 1980s at Armwood and started the football programs at Durant and Lennard.

He retired from coaching following Lennard's first varsity season in 2007, citing his heart wasn't into it. Edington, who was offensive coordinator under Wilt, was hired as his successor.

"I used to work for him and now he works for me," Edington joked. "And it's the best damn thing in the world."

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