Harry Hubbard out as Blake football coach



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Tue. December 13, 2011 | Eduardo A. Encina

Harry Hubbard out as Blake football coach

Harry Hubbard won’t be back for a fourth season as the head football coach at Blake. Hubbard was fired from his post Tuesday, he confirmed to the Times.

“I’m fine with their decision,” Hubbard said by phone Tuesday. “Like I’ve always said, God always has something in store for you.”

In three seasons at long-struggling Blake, he was 9-21, but was 4-6 the past two seasons, including this year playing in the nine-team Class 5A-8 with the likes of Jesuit, Robinson, Lakewood and Spoto.

Blake won a Class A state title in 1969 as an all-black school under legendary coach Abe Brown, but since the school reopened in 1997 as a fine arts magnet, the Yellow Jackets have made the postseason just once in 2000.

Hubbard came to Blake after his unceremonious firing from rival Middleton, where he built the football program from scratch there upon the school’s reopening in 2002. His 2004 advanced to the Class 4A region final before losing to eventual state champion Armwood.

“I’m fine, I’ve kind of been through this before,” Hubbard said, half chuckling.

Hubbard said he’s not done coaching, but would only consider a head coaching job at the high school level – he’s had the opportunity in the past to be a college assistant.

One possibility is Chamberlain, where Hubbard is a candidate for the head coaching vacancy there, as first reported by the Times. Hubbard was a teacher at Chamberlain for 14 years from 1988 to 2002.

“That would be a great opportunity,” he said.

Blake marks the fourth Hillsborough County football head coaching opening this offseason. Besides Chamberlain, there are also vacancies at Riverview and Lennard.

Reach Times staff writer Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@sptimes.com and follow him on Twitter at @EddieHometeam.

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