Holy Trinity has named a new head football coach, Cocoa High graduate Nate Hooks Jr.
Hooks has been the assistant head coach for Titusville High, coaching wide receivers and special teams. He also coaches track and field.
Hooks, who will teach physical education, replaces Mark Ainsley, who moved to the head coaching position at Heritage High after posting a 22-8 mark with the Tigers in three seasons.
“I’m going to take the same type of philosophy we had at Titusville and also employ the same style on defense,” Hooks said. “Offensively and defensively, we will be up-tempo and aggressive.”
But, he said, rather than Xs and Os, his priority would be to use player development to create “tough gentlemen.”
“Every coach wants to think their philosophy is the reason teams win. My main objective with Holy Trinity is building a program and not just a team. Having a program with a reputation of taking young teens and making them think, act and train like champions will start attracting people.”
Hooks has a strength and conditioning background, having worked as a coach in that field for the University of Tennessee. He was also the head women’s track and field coach at Florida Atlantic.
During his undergraduate playing days at Tennessee Tech, Hooks was a team captain and won the team’s Robert Hill Johnson Award, given to the player considered the most valuable.
Hooks earned a master’s degree in human performance biomechanics from Tennessee.