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Gulf High School will be searching for a new football coach following Friday's season finale at home against Wesley Chapel.
Current head coach Ken Hollar turned in his resignation and will be coaching his final game for the 5-4 Buccaneers on Friday.
"I wrestled with the decision all year," Hollar said. "It was tough, but it was something I needed to do for my future. I just felt like it was time for me to go ahead and get my education."
Hollar said he will begin work toward a bachelor's degree in special education at St. Petersburg College starting with the spring semester. For now, Hollar said he has no interest in resuming a career coaching football but could be talked into it if the right situation came along.
"As of right now, I'm done," Hollar said. "I say that but if (former Gulf coach Jay) Fulmer gets a job somewhere, I might go with him. If someone from outside is brought in at Gulf and they express an interest in having me join the staff, maybe I could get talked into it. But, right now, I'm done. I'm burnt out. It was a rough year for us. It ended up being a bad situation for me. I just think it was better for me to go ahead and get my education."
Hollar was promoted from assistant to interim head coach the day of the Buccaneers season opener against Hudson. He replaced Jay Fulmer, who resigned before the season for his role in the recruitment of two football players from Anclote.
The two players, Ty'Shon Peters and Kris Aratchiysky, were deemed ineligible by the FHSAA before the start of the season but were reinstated after both won an appeal to the FHSAA on October 6. The duo missed the first five games for Gulf but have been in the lineup since.
As for Hollar, he says he doesn't plan on getting emotional coaching his final game on Friday, at least not right away.
"I think it'll be a couple of weeks before it sets in," he said.