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Hernando High

Mobley resigns at Hernando

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Yet another head coaching vacancy has cropped up in the county football ranks.

Hernando High's Dwayne Mobley has stepped down after two seasons, the school's Athletic Director Kevin Bittinger announced Friday afternoon.

According to Bittinger, Mobley made his decision feeling his duties as headman weren't allowing him to spend enough time with his family.

The Leopards are coming off a 3-7 season, though that record is somewhat skewed by a particularly challenging schedule featuring six teams who made the playoffs.

In Mobley's first year, Hernando went 6-5, advancing to the playoffs as a district runner-up and falling to eventual Class 6A state runner-up Gainesville in the opening round, 60-3.

A 1992 Hernando graduate, Mobley was a former All-American running back for the Leopards who ended up playing at the University of Florida. He was inducted into the Hernando High Sports Hall of Fame last year.

He built a powerhouse program at Parrott Middle School as head coach for 12 seasons, a run that featured 10 county champions and a 69-11 overall mark. He left having led those Leopards to nine straight county crowns and 40 consecutive wins.

When John Palmer resigned following spring football in 2012 due to health concerns, Mobley quickly was tabbed as his replacement.

Palmer, another Hernando alumnus and a Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Famer, had turned around a program that endured six losing seasons in a row.

"He had the unlucky job of coming in behind someone like John Palmer," Bittinger said in evaluating Mobley's brief tenure. "Dwayne handled every move with character. He's such a great individual and I've really enjoyed working with him."

Mobley will remain a physical education teacher at the school and Bittinger said it's possible he may stay with the football team in a reduced role.

Meanwhile, Hernando will begin a coaching search it hopes to have completed by Christmas break.

That same process is underway at two other county campuses, after Mike Einspahr mutually parted ways with Central last week and Nature Coast's Charles Liggett resigned earlier this week.

"Bottom line, Hernando football is a valued position and a coveted position, so we feel we'll be getting plenty of people interested in the job," Bittinger said.

"Bottom line is we need someone with experience. Someone who has been a head coach before. Someone how knows the landscape a little bit. We're looking for someone ready to make an investment in Hernando football."

Mobley did not initially return a call seeking comment.

cbernhardt@hernandotoday.com

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By the numbers: Dwayne Mobley at Hernando

Year Record

2012 6-5*

2013 3-7

Totals 9-12

* Denotes playoff appearance

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