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Former Norland offensive coordinator Anthony White takes over at American

Northwestern wasn't the only Dade County school to fill a coaching vacancy on Saturday.

American hired former Norland offensive coordinator Anthony White to replace Corey Bell, who left to become the defensive backs coach at FAU.

White, 33, spent the last five years coaching quarterbacks for the Vikings and studying under one of the most respected offensive gurus in the state in Daryle Heidelburg. The Vikings won a state title with current Miami Hurricane Duke Johnson in 2012.

"When I first got to Norland, coach Heidelburg said to me 'To be a good leader you have to be a good follower.' He said, 'Coach I’m going to groom you up,'" said White, who played receiver at Miami Central and North Miami High school and two seasons of Junior College football in Oklahoma.

"I'm grateful for all the things I learned under Coach Berg and now I feel I'm ready for the next step."

The Patriots are coming off back-to-back district titles and three straight first round exits in the playoffs.

"Coach Bell got that thing jumping over there," White said. "It’s going to be tough to follow behind a guy like him. I’m not really trying to change everything he set. He does have some good things in place."

White, who left college to come back and be around for his son, said his son, Anthony Jr., now 15, will play at American next season. He too is a talented receiver.

Before coaching at Norland, White coached quarterbacks at Hialeah-Miami Lakes for a season and Hialeah the six seasons prior.

White said he will be introduced to his new team on Monday.

American hasn't won a playoff game since 1997.