PHU dismisses Mark Haye as football coach



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Fri. December 17, 2010 | Bob Putnam | Email

PHU dismisses Mark Haye as football coach

Mark Haye was fired as Palm Harbor University's football coach, principal Christen Tonry and athletic Larry Lopez said Friday.

"It was just a number of things that accumulated that led us to go in another direction," Tonry said. "There were some philosophical differences, and we just wanted to move on."

The decision was made Thursday. Tonry said Haye will remain as a teacher at the school. Haye did not return numerous calls seeking comment.

Haye was an assistant at Boca Ciega for three seasons before coming to PHU in 2007. In 2008, he became defensive coordinator and led a unit that allowed the fewest points in Class 5A, District 9 and helped the team finish plus-24 in turnover ratio. He was hired as the Hurricanes head coach in '09 to replace Pete Just, who resigned after leading PHU to a 7-3 record and the school's first winning season in '08.

"I love the school and I love the kids," Haye said when he was hired. "I didn't apply anywhere else to be a head coach. This is exactly where I wanted to be."

In two seasons, Haye went 8-12. This season, the Hurricanes started 3-0 before injuries to several starters took a toll and the team lost its final seven games. Haye was the head coach for the North squad in this week's Pinellas All-Star Classic and led the team to a 24-13 victory.

It was unclear what led to the firing. Administrators did not give specifics.

"There were some things we were going to discuss at the end of the season," Lopez said. "It was just a number of things in the end."

Tonry said the position has already been posted and that a new coach would be in place before spring practice.

"We want to move as quickly as possible," she said.



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