Cambridge Christian has hired former Northside coach Bob Dare to take over its football program.
Dare, who worked as an assistant last season at Seminole, said Cambridge officials pursued him for the job and offered it to him two weeks ago. He decided to take the position Tuesday.
"I was content on remaining an assistant," Dare said. "I wasn't searching for a head coaching job. But it just seemed like God opened all the doors to make this move."
Dare takes over the Lancers from John Kelly, a former Armwood assistant who was hired as an offensive coordinator at Strawberry Crest after just one season as Cambridge coach. The Lancers were 2-8 last season.
In December 2007, Dare was ousted at Northside Christian after 21 years. He left as the Mustangs' all-time winningest coach with 119 victories. Soon after, he was removed as vice principal/dean of students, and his wife, Beth, lost her position as a Bible teacher.
Dare said he will teach weightlifting at Cambridge.
"This job allows me to get back to mentoring and molding students and coach a little football, too," Dare said.
Dare said he will meet with the parents of the football players on Monday.
"I definitely like that he's coming in with 25 years of coaching experience," Cambridge wide receiver Dixon Phillips said. "A couple of his players at Northside went on to play Division I ball. I know he's a good Christian man. He may not turn it around this year, but I think he's done it before at Northside."