JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — One of the more intriguing high school football matchups this Friday night is Atlantic Coast at Jackson. Here’s why:
Kevin Sullivan is the only head football coach Atlantic Coast High School has ever had. Before the school opened in 2010, he spent the previous 11 years coaching at Andrew Jackson.
Friday night he’ll be back at 48th and Main for the first time as a visiting head coach.
“I’ve only been back there twice, not to coach, I went back for a Leon Washington Foundation event and then we went and scouted last year,” said Sullivan. “I’ve only been back twice since I left, so it’ll be a little weird being on the other sideline, but that’s been a long time ago and that group of kids that’s in there now probably doesn’t know who I am, so that’s OK too.”
This year, Atlantic Coast has it’s most talented football team in the school’s short history. The Stingrays have a handful of Football Bowl Subdivision prospects. Making the playoffs for the first time ever won’t be easy though.
The Stingrays compete in perhaps the area’s toughest district which includes Fletcher, Fleming Island, and Oakleaf.
“There’s a pretty good group of coaches in there that does a good job,” Sullivan said. “There’s a pretty good group of players too. Every game is going to be a dog fight. You’ve just got to try to survive and move on and keep working.”