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Rob Kazmier steps down as Hernando football coach

The 33-year-old Nature Coast alumnus became a father six months ago.
Rob Kazmier went 12-9 with a playoff berth in two seasons as coach at Hernando.
Rob Kazmier went 12-9 with a playoff berth in two seasons as coach at Hernando. [ ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times ]
Published Jun. 3, 2020

When Rob Kazmier decided he wanted to step down as Hernando football coach to spend more time with his fledgling family, the lingering pandemic prevented him from informing his team in person.

But it didn’t preclude him from baring his soul.

In a social media post spanning several-hundred words, Kazmier said the recent birth of his 6-month-old daughter, Kennedy, prompted him to reflect heavily on his career and ponder the type of dad he wants to become.

“Being a parent is the greatest responsibility someone will have in their lifetime,” wrote Kazmier, 33. “Our children must be our ultimate priority. I want everyone to realize that the positive changes our country needs begin in our homes.”

A 2005 Nature Coast alumnus, Kazmier compiled a 12-9 record with one playoff berth in two seasons with the Leopards. His ’18 squad finished 7-4, reaching the Class 5A playoffs as a wild card.

He said he’ll remain at Hernando as a teacher in the exceptional student education (ESE) program, and will stay invested in the lives of his players.

Meantime, Hernando will be seeking its fourth coach in nine years.

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