TAMPA — Citrus Park Christian football coach Nathan Galan has resigned from his position less than three months after being hired, athletic director Mike Guastella said Wednesday.
Galan’s resignation came less than 48 hours after he was arrested and charged with a DUI in the early morning hours of Oct. 6. Galan, 25, was found passed out in the driver’s seat of his vehicle with the car running, and his breath test resulted in a .140/.149, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
On Oct. 7, Guastella said Galan would be put on administrative leave while the school performed an internal investigation, but the former Eastern Illinois defensive end resigned before the investigation began, Guastella said.
“We really didn’t have time to investigate anything,” he said. “He thought it was best for him at that time to move on and focus on himself.”
Guastella has since taken over as football coach for the Eagles. Guastella, who is just a year removed from serving as offensive coordinator for the 6A Matanzas High School football team in Palm Coast, admits the midseason transition is a challenge for his team.
The Eagles, who are in their first year playing 11-man football, are 1-4 and have been outscored 236-30. The kids had grown comfortable working with Galan, Guastella said. But despite his absence, the new coach is optimistic about the team’s future.
“The program’s in good hands. It’s not going to affect us in any kind of way,” he said. “The kids are enthusiastic about the season just like they were at the beginning. We’re just going to keep it rolling.”