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Wildcats coaching staff almost set

(ran PC edition)

One position remains, and Wesley Chapel head coach John Castelamare plans to have it filled by the start of fall practice.

Head coach John Castelamare is one coach shy of rounding out his staff.

He hopes to have that man in place in time for Wesley Chapel's first football practice.

Castelamare expects the seventh and final coaching spot to be filled by the time players report to the Weightman Middle School locker room at 7:20 Monday morning.

He said three candidates, whom he declined to name, are vying for the job.

So far, the football coaches for the Wildcats' inaugural season are: Castelamare, defensive coordinator Tom McHugh (Weightman's former head coach) and assistants Dave Albert, Roy Harden, Tony Lister and George Wortley.

"We're fortunate to have some great guys. They've all played ball," Castelamare said. "George, Tom and Tony have been with me for the most time and gotten to know the kids."

Wortley, McHugh and Lister joined Castelamare in time for spring football practice in May while Albert and Harden joined the staff in July.

Like the rest of the coaches, McHugh, who as Weightman's head coach ran a split backfield and power-I, is learning a new offense _ Castelamare's favorite, the wing-T.

"They're all going to have to learn the wing-T," said Castelamare of the offense he implemented during a 12-year stint as Ridgewood's head coach. "I think they'll like it, too."

McHugh said his replacement at the middle school _ a new head coach has yet to be hired at Weightman _ probably will have to learn the wing-T as well.

"(Castelamare) wants everybody to do the same thing," McHugh said of Weightman players learning to run the same formation as the neighboring high school team will run.

Both Wesley Chapel and Weightman will practice at the middle school field because the high school stadium project will not get under way until late fall, Wesley Chapel athletic director Tom Adams said.

Weightman's football team begins practice on Aug. 17.