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Shakir leaves Gibbs for Tallahassee coaching job

Yusuf Shakir, here consoling running back Jarvis West, was an assistant coach for six years at Tallahassee Lincoln.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Yusuf Shakir, here consoling running back Jarvis West, was an assistant coach for six years at Tallahassee Lincoln.

Gibbs football coach Yusuf Shakir is going home.

On Monday, Shakir was officially announced as the new coach at Tallahassee Lincoln, his alma mater and the school where he previously coached as an assistant.

Shakir replaces Kyle Rice, who resigned last month after leading the Trojans to the Class 4A state championship game.

"I wouldn't say it's a dream job," Shakir said. "But it's nice to go back."

For weeks, Shakir denied he was interested in the Lincoln job. He said he applied Feb. 25 and was interviewed Saturday, when he was offered the position.

"Yusuf has always been an impressive young man," Lincoln athletic director David Wilson told the Tallahassee Democrat. "And you can see it in his passion and concern for the kids here at Lincoln."

Shakir, 31, is a former Lincoln linebacker who went on to play safety at Wisconsin and Western Illinois. He spent six years as a defensive assistant with the Trojans, who won state titles in 1999 and 2001.

Two years ago Shakir took over at Gibbs, where he had an overall record of 11-9, including a playoff appearance in 2007, the school's first since '04.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity the administration gave me when I was hired at Gibbs," Shakir said. "I also appreciate the kids, parents and alumni association. It was tough to leave. We had 15 starters coming back, four of whom already have Division I offers."

Shakir starts at Lincoln on March 16. It was unclear late Monday what the timetable will be for hiring a new coach at Gibbs. Attempts to reach Gibbs' administrators were unsuccessful.

St. Petersburg's Green resigns

Tracolya Green, the girls basketball coach at St. Petersburg, has resigned according to Green Devils athletic director Barry Brown.

Green coached one season at St. Petersburg and led the program to its first district title and a 21-6 record.

Green is married to former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and Gibbs assistant football coach Jacquez Green.

Brown said Green was leaving with her husband to take a job outside the area, but he was not sure where.

St. Petersburg has posted the position and will stop taking applications on March 16, Brown said.

Shakir leaves Gibbs for Tallahassee coaching job 03/03/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 12:14am]
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