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Mon. April 4, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

Gibbs narrowed its search for a football coach, cutting its list of eight finalists down to five for a second round of interviews on Friday.

The five are Lakeland Victory Christian coach Jeff Schaum, Northeast assistant coach Kent Nash and Gibbs assistants James Barbaree, Antonio Knox and Anthony Givins.

Gladiators athletic director Mark Robertson said the school could name a coach on Friday but will most likely make an announcement on April 11.

"We'll probably want to mull the decision over the weekend," Robertson said.

Gibbs has been searching for a replacement for Donnie Abraham, who resigned in February after two seasons to become an assistant with the Tampa Bay Storm.

There were 65 applicants for the job, and that list was whittled to eight finalists who interviewed two weeks ago.

Schaum led Victory Christian to district titles the past two seasons. Knox was the defensive coordinator for the Gladiators and was a finalist for the Dunedin job. Givins has been a longtime Gladiators assistant and was the offensive coordinator last season. Nash was the Vikings' defensive coordinator last season.

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