South Florida’s high school football coaching carousel took another turn Friday.
The Miami Sports Tribune confirmed that Miami Jackson has hired former Miami Central assistant coach Scott Daniels to be its next head football coach.
Daniels – who has an extensive resume of coaching experience with stops at Miami Northwestern and Miami Springs, replaces Lakatriona Brunson as the Generals’ leader.
Brunson, a former reality television star, became the first female head football coach in Florida’s history when she was given the job before the start of the 2016 season. In her two years leading the team, Jackson went 7-12 and missed the playoffs both years.
The Tribune reached Daniels by phone and he confirmed the news, but he was unable to provide further comment.
Speculation now, naturally, begins on whether Daniels’ son – top 2021 running back Amari Daniels – will follow his father in leaving Central and taking his talents to Allapattah. The younger Daniels had a very productive freshman season with Central, rushing for nearly 500 yards and six touchdowns as a part of the Rockets’ loaded backfield.
The former youth league All-American already holds offers from Miami, Louisville and Georgia.
Whether his son joins him in Jackson green and gold or not, Daniels will be able to draw on the experience of having coached players like former Northwestern All-American quarterback Jacory Harris.
Jackson, one of the older and more storied programs in Miami-Dade County, is hoping that Daniels will be able to lead it back to relevancy in the South Florida high school football conversation.
The program showed flashes of what it could be in recent years – like its 2016 upset win over Miami Booker T. Washington and its 2014 win over longtime rival Northwestern – but the Generals haven’t made the postseason since 2014 and haven’t made a significant run since 2012, when they reached the Class 5A state semifinals in 2012.
Jackson’s road to a state championship is an arduous one. The Generals play in District 16-5A as the only Miami-Dade team alongside five other Broward County schools: Coconut Creek, Stranahan, Hallandale, perennially talented Cardinal Gibbons and two-time defending Class 5A state champion Plantation American Heritage.
American Heritage, which has won four Class 5A championships in the past five years, has handed Jackson five straight losses in that span – outscoring the Generals 213-95.