Will Dettor, who earned praise as a 24-year-old defensive coordinator at Pasco in the fall, is leaving the Pirates to accept a job with Union County High School in Lake Butler.
"I'm sorry to be leaving Pasco but also very excited about the opportunity I have ahead at Union County," said Dettor, who will serve as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for a program that won three state championships from 1994-96. "I have really enjoyed my time at Pasco and the chance to work with Ricky Thomas."
Dettor was one of several applicants to succeed Thomas, who resigned in January. The position was filled by Dale Caparaso, who built a winning program in Bellingham, Mass., and will move to Dade City in April. Dettor said he would have liked the chance to work with Pasco's new coach but saw several advantages to the Union County job.
Dettor drew high praise from Thomas during the season, and the former Pirates coach said it won't be long before Dettor is shining as a head coach with a program of his own.
"It's a great opportunity for him," Thomas said. "He's an outstanding young football coach, and I believe we're going to hear some great things from him."
Dettor's position has not been filled, but Caparaso is bringing four assistant coaches from his staff at Bellingham to join him on the Pasco sidelines this fall.