Eau Gallie Commodores Hire New Football Coach, Space Coast Vipers Still Without One
By Alan Zlotorzynski, Assistant Editor // January 10, 2018
Commodore hire was a two-time All MEAC lineman
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — Following in the footsteps of another Brevard County head football coach, Christopher Sands has been hired by Eau Gallie High School to fill the coaching vacancy left when Tim Powers resigned in November.
Sands joins the Commodores from Central High School in Brooksville, Florida, which is located north of Tampa and in Hernando County.
During Sands’ tenure, the Bears posted a 13-26 record. The former all-conference offensive lineman helped more than two dozen players sign to play football at the college level.
The other coach happens to be the Cocoa Tigers head man John Wilkinson, who also began his head coaching career at Central before joining Cocoa in 2005.
Sands is a big man, standing 6-foot-9. He was a four-year starter at offensive tackle for the Florida A&M Rattlers and selected to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference All-Conference Team twice and a two-year captain while at FAMU.
Sands played high school football at Tallahassee-Leon. Central won just six games from 2009 through the 2013 season, and under Sands, would finish 6-4 in 2016.
If the former Central head coach can experience any of the success the last head coach that moved from there to coach a Brevard County team has had during the past 13 years, the Commodores are in for one great ride.
Round and Round We Go:
The coaching carousel isn’t confined to the NFL or the college ranks. Brevard County has seen its share of coaching changes and still has one coaching vacancy.
The changes began when Mike Nahl stepped down at Bayside and was quickly replaced by former Bayside high player, Corey Brumfield.
Viera Hawks head coach Kevin Mays resigned after building a Class 7A power to take a job as Athletic Director at a new school in Osceola County. Mays was replaced immediately by his childhood friend and Hawks defensive coordinator, Derek Smith.
Eau Gallie head coach Tim Powers actually resigned first in Brevard County and it appears as if he did so to join Smith at Viera.
On the final day before Brevard County Schools winter break and very quietly, Space Coast Vipers head coach Jake Owens resigned after leading the Vipers to the most wins in school history during his tenure and 20-years coaching football on Brevard County sidelines.
Space Coast is still in search of a new head coach.
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