Largo, Florida -- After 14 seasons and 10 district championship titles, Largo High School's head football coach Rick Rodriguez is stepping down from his position as coach.
Pinellas County Schools says Rodriguez cited personal reasons for his decision and he will remain at the school as a physical education, weight training and health teacher.
Rodriguez moved to Largo High School from Clearwater High School after 16 years as the assistant football coach and head coach for track, in addition to teaching physical education.
"I am so proud of the players I've coached for 30 years in Pinellas County," Rodriguez said. "Their dedication and commitment inspired me every day on the field. I'm happy to remain part of the Largo High community, a place rich in tradition. I appreciate the administrators who have been tremendous. Barbara Thornton, Glenn Koutney and Eric Allen took a chance on me and I am so grateful."
In 2005, Rodriguez was named the Pinellas County Coach of the Year and was one of two coaches to represent Florida at the National Football League Summit in 2001.
He never had a losing season at Largo High and three of his players went on to play in the NFL. Twenty-two of his players have gone on to play football at Division I colleges or universities and 16 have gone to Division II or III schools.
"Looking back, I'm most proud of helping players get to college," he said. "Seeing kids graduate with a college degree -- that's my biggest accomplishment."
A search for a new head coach at Largo High will begin in early 2014 with the goal of having the new coach in place ahead of spring practice.
Info courtesy Pinellas County Schools.
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