Merritt Island Christian has new leaders for the football program and the athletic department.
Micah Rockwell, baseball coach since 2008, has added athletic director duties to his job, while former varsity assistant and middle school head coach Brian Power has taken over as head varsity coach.
They fill the void left with the departure of David Nevad, who held both jobs. Nevad was the head football coach for eight years.
Power assisted on the varsity staff in 2007 and was the head coach for the middle school team from 2008 through 2011. He is the school’s third head varsity coach.
“I just really love the school, and I love football,” he said. “We’ll have some as young as seventh grade on varsity, but I coached many of the older ones when they were in middle school.”
The oldest of Power’s three sons graduated from MIC in May, and all have been students there. Middle son, Max, will be the top returning scorerfor the football team this season as a senior.
Brian Power has already introduced the team to 7-on-7 and said Tuesday the offense likely will include more passing in 2015. He has also been encouraged by the offseason weight program despite the program’s continuing low numbers.
“We are blessed with a very, very strong 18 kids,” he said. “There’s not a weak one in the bunch.”
Though teams are allowed restricted summer activities, including 7-on-7 and conditioning, the Cougars and other Florida high school football teams begin official practices on Aug. 3.
Rockwell, who coached baseball at Temple Christian for six years before moving to MIC, graduated in 1997 from LSU-Shreveport, where he played baseball. He served as athletic director for four years at Temple Christian.