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Tue. March 2, 2010 | Izzy Gould | Email

BROOKSVILLE - Hernando Chrisitian Academy announced Tuesday football coach David Raley will retire and that it has promoted Mike D'Ambrosio to head coach.

Raley was with the program since its inception in 2004. He was an assistant head coach under former head coach Steve Johnson. He was elevated to interim head coach in 2007 after Johnson resigned. That year, Raley led the Lions to a 6-2 finish and was later named perminant head coach.

Raley enjoyed his best success in 2008 when he guided the Lions to a 10-0 season and the Sunshine State Athletic Conference Championship.

"Hernando Christian Academy will sorely miss all that Coach Raley did for the football program," athletic director Mike Drummond said in a statement.

D'Ambrosio, a Citrus alumnus, is the school's baseball coach. He was a two-sport star at Upper Iowa University where he was a defensive tackle and catcher. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education.  D'Ambrosio coached football and baseball from 2004-08 at Elkton Christian Academy in Elkton, Md.

igould@tampabay.com

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