American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) has found its replacement for former coach Mike Rumph, who left the school earlier this week to return to his alma mater, the University of Miami (Fla.), as a cornerbacks coach.
The Patriots have promoted defensive coordinator Patrick Surtain, a former Miami Dolphins cornerback, to head coach, the school announced. The school’s student-run Twitter account also weighed.
The 11-year NFL veteran played seven seasons with the Dolphins and four with the Kansas City Chiefs. Surtain spent the last three seasons as Rumph’s defensive coordinator and was part of American Heritage’s back-to-back Florida state title teams in 2013-14.
Surtain will now be coaching his son, Patrick, Jr., a four-star Class of 2018 cornerback who has offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke and Florida.
“We felt very comfortable though with coach Surtain,” athletic director Karen Stearns told the Sun Sentinel. “The fit was great and he knows our school backwards and forwards. He knows our kids and they certainly know him … so when it came down to it, after looking at everything, we felt like he was the right guy.”