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Tue. January 18, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

Leto coach Mike Jalazo, Largo assistant Matt Lepain and former Dunedin coach Mark Everett are among 82 applicants for the Palm Harbor University football head coaching job.

The Hurricanes have been without a coach since Dec. 17 when Mark Haye was fired after two seasons. PHU administrators are reviewing the list of applicants and will narrow a list of finalists within the next two weeks. The deadline for candidates to apply was Monday. But the list of applicants is only for those that were submitted before Jan. 14 because athletic director Larry Lopez was out of town due to a family emergency and unable to review any additional candidates that may have applied since then.

Jalazo spent eight seasons as coach at Clearwater Central Catholic before going over to Leto last year. At CCC, Jalazo was 55-37 and made the playoffs his first six years and his seven playoff victories rank as the second-most in Pinellas, three behind Largo's Rick Rodriguez. Success was more elusive at Leto, where Jalazo went 1-9 last season, his lone win coming via forfeit against King.

Lepain is the Packers' defensive coordinator and has been in charge of a unit that consistently ranks as one of Pinellas County's best. He was a finalist for the Countryside and Tarpon Springs jobs last year.

Everett was let go as Dunedin's coach in May 2009 after 11 seasons. During that time, he guided the Falcons to a 57-61 record and made the playoffs six times in his final seven seasons.

Other candidates of note include former Leto coach and current Plant assistant Hugh Dehnert and former Central coach and current Lecanto assistant Cliff  Lohrey.


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