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Mike Jalazo resigns at Leto

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Wed. April 6, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

Mike Jalazo resigns at Leto

Leto football coach Mike Jalazo resigned Wednesday afternoon after one season with the program.

Jalazo, who met with the team first before making the resignation public, said the timing could have been better, but he wanted to make the move now so the school could find another coach before spring practice begins May 2.

"I wish Leto well," said Jalazo, who led the Falcons to a 1-9 record in 2010, though the lone win came via forfeit.

Jalazo previously coached at Admiral Farragut and Clearwater Central Catholic. At CCC, he led the program to the playoffs six of his eight seasons. He left the Marauders in December of 2009 when his contract was not renewed by the school.

Jalazo applied for several openings in the bay area before landing at Leto. He struggled to turn things around at a program that had gone 2-7 in 2009. Jalazo's offense scored 13 points and was shut out in eight of 10 games.

The rebuilding became even tougher this offseason when the Falcons were reassigned to a district with Class 3A defending state champion Jefferson, 4A defending state finalist Armwood and usual playoff contender Hillsborough.

Jalazo recently applied for a coaching job at Palm Harbor University and is a finalist at Northeast, but said that was not the reason he resigned.   

When Leto athletic director Lauren Otero learned Jalazo was a finalist at Northeast earlier this week, she said: "I mean obviously we want to see him excel here and have the opportunity to turn things around, which isn't going to happen in one year."

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