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Wed. March 10, 2010 | Joey Knight | Email

As expected, new Jesuit football coach James Harrell is piecing together a staff high on savvy and successful track records.

Among the new Tigers assistants are veteran Hillsborough county offensive coordinators Chris Taylor (Armwood) and Frank Rose (Leto). Plant assistants Ty Alvarez and Brian McNulty -- both Jesuit alumni -- also have joined Harrell.

Taylor, reached Wednesday morning, said Harrell has informed him he'll be the coordinator.

"What he told me was, he's a defensive guy and he wanted to find somebody he trusted and not worry about the offense," said Taylor, who served as Armwood's coordinator for 13 seasons and two state championships before suddenly being replaced by ex-Hawks quarterback Evan Davis last month.

"The fact we had competed against each other for so many years and in so many intense (Plant-Armwood) games, he said he felt perfectly comfortable in me doing that. I was very flattered from James that that was his reason and approach."

Under Taylor's watch, Armwood's triple-option offense evolved into one of the most dominant in area history. Last season, when the Hawks switched to a "spread-gun" formation more suited to their personnel, they still led Hillsborough County in scoring (43.4 ppg) in the regular season and reached the Class 4A state semifinals.

Taylor said Jesuit's offense will hinge on its personnel.

"We're going to do what we're good at, and I don't know what that is yet," he said. "The most important thing for a good high school coach is, you're not taking square pegs and matching them into round holes."

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