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Gibbs coach calls it quits

Saying he wants to spend more time with his family, Gibbs football coach Clay Rustemeyer said Monday he has resigned. Rustemeyer, who was on vacation Monday at his mother's home in West Virginia,, was the head coach at Gibbs for two years, compiling a record of 7-13. In his first year as coach the Gladiators went 5-5; last year they were 2-8. Before Gibbs, Rustemeyer was an assistant coach for five years at Boca Ciega.

"Last year was tough on everyone," Rustemeyer said. "But I felt like Gibbs was starting to turn the corner this spring and the potential is certainly there for Gibbs to win."

Rustemeyer said he wanted to spend more time with his family and two children, Dylan, 6, and Ashlee, 2.

"I'm not getting to see my two kids grow up," said Rustemeyer, 35. "There are a lot of reasons for leaving, but the main reason is my family. I want to spend more time with my wife and kids."

Although Gibbs has had problems getting players to come out for football, Rustemeyer said that didn't contribute to his decision. He said the same problem exists at other south county schools.

"I was (at Gibbs) for two years and we had enough people to win," Rustemeyer said. "A lot of people look at the numbers, but we showed them this spring that Gibbs is capable of winning."

The Gladiators won their spring jamboree game 6-0 over St. Petersburg High.

Rustemeyer, said he would like to continue teaching somewhere in the county but isn't sure if he will be able to stay at Gibbs.

"Yes, I want to continue to teach in the county," Rustemeyer said. "But I teach weightlifting and with a new football coach coming in, I don't know if I can stay at Gibbs."

At some point, Rustemeyer said he would like to return to coaching, perhaps as an assistant coach.

"I don't want to step back into coaching right now," Rustemeyer said. "I want to take some time off and devote it to my family."

Activities director Jim McAvaddy said he is accepting applications for the vacant football position.

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