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Hillsborough County reinstates spring pay for football coaches

The coaches were informed in a Tuesday night e-mail from superintendent Addison Davis

Only weeks after informing its prep football coaches they wouldn’t receive the spring portion of their annual supplements due to the cancellation of spring football, the Hillsborough County school district has reversed its field.

New Hillsborough superintendent Addison Davis, himself a former coach, informed the coaches in an e-mail late Tuesday night their supplements are being reinstated. The announcement came eight days after Pasco County reinstated spring pay for its coaches.

Hernando and Pinellas counties have planned to honor their coaches’ spring supplements all along.

“Reinstating spring supplements is the right thing to do,” Chamberlain coach Jason Lane said. “I know all the football coaches in Hillsborough will feel appreciated by this move.”

Hillsborough football coaches earn an annual supplement of $3,736, divided into fall and spring installments. Spring football, which was set to start April 27 and run through mid-May, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision to rescind spring pay was met with widespread contempt in a profession that has long since evolved into a year-round grind.

Spring football represents a sliver of the workload of coaches, who also oversee winter and summer conditioning, coach summer seven-on-seven leagues, and ceaselessly work phones and compile highlight footage to help players land scholarships.

“I think some of the coaches reached out to the superintendent, and he did his homework and decided to make a different decision," Hillsborough County athletic director Lanness Robinson said.

“It definitely shows support of the coaches and respect for all the time, energy, effort that they put in, not just on practice days per se. They’re still meeting with (players). They’re checking on grades, they’re following up. They’re still engaged with the kids even though they’re not necessarily on the field.”