Newly-minted Island Coast football coach Rashad West resigned his position after spending less than a month on the job, Lee County School District spokesperson Amity Chandler confirmed Wednesday.
West, who spent last season at Coral Springs, was hired as the Gator’s second coach in as many years last month to fill the vacancy left by Wayne Blair, who left after one season.
The former all-area quarterback at Bradenton Southeast was named the all-Broward 8A-7A-6A football coach of the year by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel after transforming Coral Springs from a 3-7 team in 2013 to a 7-3 team which made its third state playoff appearance in school history.
“You always want to go to a program that’s been successful,” West said last month, referring to a Gators program which hasn’t had a losing season since opening in 2007. “It’s not every day a job like this comes open.”
Rising senior linebacker Zach Lackman heard the news of West’s departure from teammates during school Wednesday. He said there was a team meeting after school explaining offensive coordinator Greg Coleman will the direct the program during the spring.
The meeting, he said, failed to explain the circumstances surrounding West’s resignation.
Island Coast, which finished 10-3 last season, begins spring practice May 1.
Lackman described a mood of frustration among returning players.
“We’re at a school with a winning tradition. We’re one of the powerhouses in Lee County,” Lackman said. “It’s just shocking that we’re searching for another head coach. There’s no consistency and we are searching for a new identity again.”
Messages left for West and Island Coast principal Kristin Bueno were not returned.