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Southridge hires Lamont Green as new football coach

 

Lamont Green led South Miami’s football team to its first playoff victory in nearly a quarter century this past season.

Starting next week, Green will start working on returning his alma mater, Southridge, to state championship status.

Green, a former All-American linebacker at Southridge and standout at Florida State University, told The Miami Herald Friday morning he has been hired as Southridge’s new football coach.

"I always knew one day I’d be back [at Southridge]," Green said. "I didn’t think it would happen this fast though. The opportunity was there and I couldn’t pass it up."

Green takes over for Patrick Burrows, who stepped down last month to pursue an administrative position in Miami-Dade County. Burrows led the Spartans to a pair of district championships in the past three seasons and a berth in the Class 8A regional finals last season.

Green is hoping to continue to elevating Southridge to the championship status it enjoyed in the early 1990s when it won a pair of state championships under Don Soldinger.

"We have some outstanding players at that school, and if we can keep them disciplined they can be very successful," Green said. I’m going to try to bring an offense that is more conducive to the explosive athletes that are there.

"But my mentality has always been tough defense. You hit a team hard on the field and get their attention. If we can do those things, the wins will pile up from there."

Green led South Miami to a 9-3 record this season in his first season as a high school head coach in Dade. The Cobras made their first playoff appearance in six seasons, and won a playoff game for the first time since 1987. South Miami had won only three games combined over the prior three seasons.

Green said his two assistant coaches this past season – offensive coordinator Charles Rackley and offensive line coach William Campbell – will join him at Southridge. Green said he will meet the team Tuesday.

"I enjoyed my time at South Miami and I appreciate the opportunity, but Southridge is where my heart has always been," Green said. "I couldn’t wait and watch someone else get the job and then who knows when it would have ever been open again. I had to come back."

 

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