ST. PETERSBURG — Former NFL starters Dieter Brock and Ernest Givins were among 41 applicants for the Lakewood football head coaching job.
The Spartans have been without a coach since June 16 when Otis Dixon resigned to go into insurance.
Athletic director Javon Turner is reviewing applications and said he will narrow down a list of finalists by Monday and start interviewing candidates July 8.
Brock, a former star in the Canadian Football League, started for the Los Angeles Rams during the 1985-86 season and led them to the NFC title game. He has been coaching the spread offense for the past 17 seasons and was an assistant last season at Smith's Station High in Alabama.
"I'm looking for the coaching job that will be the right fit for myself and my family," Brock said. "I've heard a lot of good things about (Lakewood's) program and the area."
Givins was a former star for the Spartans in the 1980s and has been inducted into the school's hall of fame. He was a two-time Pro Bowler with the Houston Oilers and is the team's all-time leading receiver.
"I always thought it would be nice to go back and be the head coach at my alma mater," said Givins, who applied for the job three years ago but was not among the finalists. "I want to give back to the community. That's what I'm all about."
Another intriguing name is Cory Moore, a former star at Lakewood who coached tight ends last season at Kentucky State under the NFL's coaching internship program.
Todd St. Louis, who has been the head coach at St. Petersburg Catholic, Indian Rocks Christian and St. Petersburg, applied, as did Dusty Boylson, who was the head coach at St. Petersburg and currently is an assistant at Dixie Hollins.
Other local applicants include Gibbs assistants Dave Cleppe and Anthony Givens, Dunedin assistant Sam Vinson, Largo assistant Jeremy Frioud and Lakewood assistant Antez Brinson.
Turner said finalists will be interviewed by a committee. He prefers a candidate who will be a teacher on campus.
"We feel like this a special program and we're thrilled to have so much interest in the job," Turner said.