Bloomingdale’s Max Warner leaves for coaching job at Bowling Green

The third-year Bulls coach told the team Saturday morning that he was taking a job as quarterbacks coach in college.
Bloomingdale coach Max Warner had plenty of hugs to hand out after the Bulls defeated arch-district-rival Tampa Bay Tech 33-24 during the regular season. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
Bloomingdale coach Max Warner had plenty of hugs to hand out after the Bulls defeated arch-district-rival Tampa Bay Tech 33-24 during the regular season. (SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times)
Published December 2
Updated December 2

Max Warner, who led Bloomingdale to its best season in school history, has left the program to become the quarterbacks coach at Bowling Green.

Warner told the team of his decision during a meeting Saturday morning.

This is the second time Warner has exited the high school ranks to take a college job. In 2015, Warner stepped down as offensive coordinator at Hillsborough High, his alma mater, to become a quality control coach at Virginia Tech.

After one season with the Hokies, Warner came back to the area to take over at Bloomingdale.

On Sunday, he officially left the Bulls to start his new job.

"It's bittersweet," Bloomingdale senior linebacker Landon Moody said. "We all knew his goal was to get back to the college level. So It's awesome for him that he got this opportunity, and we're happy for him, but it hurts because he meant so much to the school and the program. I love that guy like a second father and wish him nothing but the best."

In three seasons, Warner transformed the Bulls into perennial title contenders. He was a combined 24-10 during his tenure with two straight playoff appearance.

Warner is the only coach in school history to have three straight winning seasons and guide the program to consecutive postseason berths. His 24 wins are the most among the school's 11 football coaches, an impressive feat considering his short time in charge.

This season, Bloomingdale went a school-best 11-2 and won the first two playoff games in program history. The Bulls season ended with a loss to Venice in the region final.

But the urge to coach again at the college level was too strong to pass up.

Warner has a history of working with quarterbacks in college. He was the quarterbacks coach At Division II Fort Hays State in Kansas and helped out with quarterbacks at Virginia Tech.

"It was tough," Bloomingdale senior kicker Jacob McDonald said of his coach leaving, "but I was very happy for him and his family. We all knew his dream was to go back and coach in Division I-A, and he put himself in that position with all the success we had as a team."

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