By: Matt Rothman
The Coral Springs High School Athletic Department announced Thursday they hired former NFL Football star Leonard Weaver as their new Head Coach.
Weaver will be replacing Terrence Butler, who was with the program for one season.
Athletic Director Brandon Wesley, in his first year at Coral Springs High School, is thrilled with the new addition and feels like the program is in extremely great hands.
“It is a great start to put the football program in a new direction and to bring a winning tradition and culture back to Coral Springs High School,” Wesley said.
Weaver was born in Melbourne, Florida, and attended Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Florida, where he was a multi-sport athlete before playing football at Carson-Newman College. He earned Division II Honors from the AP and American Football Coaches Association but went undrafted during the 2005 NFL Draft.
However, he ended up having a terrific NFL career with both the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles and was selected to both the Pro Bowl and All-Pro Team in 2009. Weaver ended up retiring in 2013 but had coached a bit during his playing time while he was injured in 2006.
His first job out of the NFL was at Boca Raton High School under Head Coach Eric Davis. He credits Davis as his mentor and coached the offensive line as well as being the Assistant Head Coach. Weaver then worked as the offensive coordinator for two seasons and moved to Georgia with his wife, Loquita, and has three boys.
He is currently in the process of moving back to Coral Springs and had the opportunity to meet around 20 of his players.
“I’m back here and have the opportunity to be the head coach of a great program,” Weaver said. “We have some great athletes and a great supporting class starting with Principal Suarez and the administration that I had the chance to meet today.”
Weaver is expected to be thoroughly moved in by the end of the month and is extremely excited to get to work in the spring season.
As someone who felt doubted for most of his career after playing Division II football and went undrafted, he hopes to bring that worth ethic he used in his career to his team for them to be successful.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student. Matt also covers the New York Islanders for The Hockey Writer, the New York Mets for Last Word on Baseball and Florida Gators Athletics for ESPN Gainesville.
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