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JV coaching job open _ and may stay that way

Pasco varsity football coach Ricky Thomas isn't quite sure what to do for a junior varsity coach.

He could fill the vacant position by this week in time for fall camp to open at 7:30 Monday morning with two possible candidates who want to join his staff.

Or he could designate his assistant coaches to split time with the JV team instead of appointing one as head coach.

Which would mean Thomas is leaning toward not naming a JV football coach at all this year.

"I'm probably not going to name one," he said. "I'm the head guy, and my assistants are going to handle it. At this point, I don't feel I'm going to name one. Unless I've got someone with some experience (to coach the JV)."

Thomas said he is interviewing two applicants, whom he did not identify, who wish to join his staff. One of them may have the experience Thomas thinks is necessary to coach the team. Former JV coach Brian Woods and Thomas parted ways mutually at the end of last season. Woods coached the Pirates to a 5-1 record, thanks in part to freshman quarterback Matt Glavich, who took advantage of the coach's West Coast offense to pass for 1,042 yards and 15 touchdowns.

But now Woods is the offensive coordinator at Lakeland Kathleen, and the only other returning JV coach is Doc Harris, also Thomas' statistician on the varsity, who coached defensive backs and running backs last year.

The rest of Thomas' staff either doesn't have the experience to do the job or is too valuable to spare.

Assistant coach Johnnie Clower handles special teams, receivers and defensive ends and is Thomas' closest confidant. Defensive coordinator Lenny Polansky orchestrated the county's top defense last season.

Bill Adams, who coached under Thomas at Weightman Middle School and re-joined Thomas in February, will coach defensive line and help out on special teams. Volunteer coach Artie Meza, a former Pasco product who played for Thomas at Weightman, will be the quarterback coach.

Thomas is leaning toward having his assistants run the team by committee. But he expects to have more assistants to choose from.

"I may hire one or two more assistants, and I may have three guys out there working (with the JV) as a team," he said.

"Hopefully, it'll work out."