Mike Jalazo has resigned as head football coach at Northeast. Jalazo met Friday morning with principal Kevin Hendrick about the future of the program. During the meeting, according to Jalazo, the two talked about various issues, including player transfers and the lack of coaches on campus full time.
“We each talked about the concerns we had for the program,’’ Jalazo said. “Not having coaches on campus has always been kind of a problem and I didn’t have a solution for that going forward. Obviously, we went through the transfers over the summer. So during the meeting I offered to resign and he accepted my resignation.’’
The resignation comes the morning after the Vikings' season ending 51-7 loss to Lakewood. They ended the season 1-9. After the game, Jalazo said he had every intention of staying at the school as long as they would have him.
“And I was being truthful after the game,’’ Jalazo said. “There was a lot of emotion. The kids were getting better. But in the end this is the best thing to do. It helps give the school plenty of time to find another coaching staff and get things set up.’’
Jalazo was 12-19 in his three seasons at Northeast. In 2012, the Vikings made the playoffs. But prior to the start of this season, six starters transferred to other schools, including five to Lakewood.
Northeast also lost players due to injury and was forced to play shorthanded most of the season. The result was a team that was outscored 367-81 and did not score until the sixth game of the season.
“The season was what it was,’’ Jalazo said. “I haven’t retired from coaching. I love coaching and working with kids. If the right situation presented itself, I would look at it.’’
Jalazo previously coached at Admiral Farragut, Clearwater Central Catholic and Leto before taking over at Northeast. He teaches three classes at Northeast, but that temporary contract runs out Dec. 20. He also works off campus directing a Pinellas based program that rehabilitates former prisoners.