While it seems as though South Florida high school football programs are losing coaches on what feels like a daily basis, the schools must adhere to the classic coach’s cliché: “next man up”.
Two schools got their next man up Friday – the Miami Sports Tribune confirmed that Dillard hired Toriano Morgan to be its next head coach and learned that Boyd Anderson has promoted offensive line coach Darion Gray to be its new head coach.
Morgan replaces Ricky Hemingway, who led the Panthers for just one season. Hemingway became Dillard’s full-time head coach after longtime head coach Lorenzo Davis stepped down before the start of the 2017 season. Hemingway guided the Panthers to a 6-5 record and a first-round playoff exit this past season.
Morgan spent the past four years at Virginia Union University, where he served as offensive coordinator under his former teammate and former Dillard coach Mark James.
Morgan is no stranger to the South Florida area though, having coached at Hollywood McArthur and Boyd Anderson. But this latest move is a homecoming for Morgan, who graduated from Dillard and was an assistant coach at the school before he took his talents to the college ranks.
Known for installing and piloting potent offensive attacks, Morgan could be just what the doctor ordered for Dillard – which scored just 16 points per game this past season.
During his time at Virginia Union, Morgan’s offenses averaged over 400 yards and 30 points per game while enabling VUU to become the first CIAA program to amass over 2,000 yards rushing and passing in the same season in 2015.
Gray Promoted To Lead Cobras
For the fourth time in five years, Boyd Anderson will have a new head football coach.
The Cobras chose to hire from within, promoting former offensive line coach Darion Gray to the head coach spot.
Gray replaces Quincy Woods, who led Boyd Anderson for two seasons – amassing an 11-8 record and failing to make the postseason in both years.
It is the second time that Boyd Anderson has decided to hand the reins of the program to an assistant coach. It was Woods – the former offensive coordinator – that took over for Eddie “Rabbit” Brown, who coached the team for one season (2015) and led the Cobras to a district championship just one year after the team went winless. Brown abruptly resigned before the start of the 2016 season.
Gray has never been a head coach on the high school level, but he has coached at the Youth Level for the past 10 years with the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes program. Over that time, Gray helped the 14U team win five championships.
“I’m excited,” Gray said in an interview with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Basically, I’m going to try and take off where Coach [Quincy] Woods and Coach [Eddie] Brown left off.”