Another vacant South Florida high school head coaching position has been filled.
The Miami Sports Tribune learned and confirmed Monday that McArthur hired Pierre Senatus to be its next head football coach.
Senatus, who spent the past season at Hialeah, replaces Laron Culpepper – who stepped down from the job in January.
Culpepper, who told the Tribune that he was stepping away to spend more time with his family, led the Mustangs for three seasons and earned Broward County Coach of the Year honors in 2016 after he led McArthur to a district championship en route to an 11-1 season. McArthur fell on hard times this past season, however, going 1-9 after the program was hit hard by transfers and graduation.
Even though McArthur had a rough 2017 season, the school – which sits in talent-rich Hollywood, a central location that can appeal to student-athletes from both Broward and Miami-Dade counties – can quickly turn its fortunes around under the right direction.
Senatus called the program a “diamond in the rough”.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity…it’s a great day to be a Mustang,” Senatus said. “There are so many positive things happening to the program right now – we’re coming into a brand-new weight room, a new practice field, and game field. The location is ideal to build a power program. You look at other programs within the school – like the basketball team – and they are consistently elite. We want to get the football program to that level. We just have to get the community to believe that we’re going to be elite, too”
“The talent is here…we have to be the staff that provides consistency and capitalizes on the talent by developing and coaching our players. It’s my plan to get the right brand of coaches that can develop the high school talent and connect to our feeder programs – like Washington Park, Pembroke Pines Optimist and others,” Senatus added.
For Senatus, taking over at McArthur means a return to Broward County. Prior to his one season at Hialeah, where he went 4-5, Senatus headed Miramar – where he led the Patriots for two seasons (going 12-8 in his tenure).
The Mustangs get an established coach with an extensive resume in Senatus. Prior to becoming a head coach, he served as assistant head coach, defensive line coach, head strength and conditioning coach at Miami Booker T. Washington. He was a part of the Tornadoes’ first four state championships while working under Tim “Ice” Harris Sr. and Tim Harris Jr. and briefly served as Booker T.’s wrestling coach.
Senatus and his new coaching staff will have plenty of rebuilding to do with the Mustangs. Multiple players have transferred out of the program since the end of the 2017 season, most notably 6-foot-3, 185-pound receiver Jahvante Royal – who took his talents to St. Thomas Aquinas – and 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman Joseph Habinowski – who transferred to Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna.
Senatus already has a plan in place to change the program’s course.
“We’re going to be omnipresent. We’ll be at every camp, every combine, every 7-on-7…whatever we can afford to get to, we’ll get to,” Senatus said.
“The administration is behind us. The parents and players are behind us. There is a lot of energy within the program. We’re hoping to sustain that momentum and keeping it going moving forward.”