New Bayside High principal Christine Moore made significant statements with the announcement of three athletic department hires on Monday, coaches she said will be part of the school’s core group.
Jerrod Ackley, 40, was 27-12 in three seasons as Immokalee’s head football coach, and his 2012 Indians team fell a point short in the Class 5A state championship to Tallahassee Godby, 21-20. He will fill the same position with the Bears while also teaching physical education and social studies.
“My coaching philosophy is that a good coach makes you a better player, but a great coach makes you a better person,” Ackley said Monday. “Every single day, we will set goals to make ourselves better people.”
He replaces Derek Smith, who coached the Bears for four seasons, leading them to their first two district championships and spots in the regional final his first two years at the top of the program.
Moore created a diverse mix in her three hires. In addition to bringing in a successful coach from across the state, she selected seven-year Bayside coach Danny Miller to become athletic director. She also named a woman, Fonyea Blackmon, to coach the boys basketball team.
“Danny has been in Palm Bay 20 years and is a great role model,” Moore said. “He’s full of integrity, and I think he’ll be impressive to the community for sure.”
Blackmon has been the Brevard Christian girls varsity coach and previously coached the junior varsity girls at Eau Gallie, improving that team from 0-16 her first season to 12-8 two years later.