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Thu. February 21, 2013 | Bob Putnam | Email

Largo defensive coordinator Jeremy Frioud, Gibbs defensive coordinator Robert Tirado and former USF defensive coordinator Rick Kravitz were among 93 applicants for the Gibbs football job.

The Gladiators have been without a coach the past month after Antonio Knox resigned to focus on family concerns.

Athletic director Javan Turner said the list will be whittled down starting this week and a committee will start interviewing candidates next week. A coach will likely be named the first week in March, Turner said.

Frioud has been an assistant coach at Largo since 2002 and defensive coordinator the past two seasons. Last season, the Packers allowed 7.7 points per game.

Frioud was one of three finalists for the Lakewood head coaching job in 2009 when Turner was the athletic director with the Spartans.

Tirado, a former assistant at Jesuit, spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Gibbs under Knox.

Kravitz, a Dixie Hollins graduate, has spent more than 20 years as defensive coordinator at the college level, including 10 seasons with USF (1997-2006).

Other notable candidates include Tarpon Springs assistant Mitch Disney, former Philadelphia Eagle Evan Cooper and former Valparaiso, Ind., coach Mark Hoffman, who retired in 2011 after 35 seasons at the school.

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