SANFORD — Since January, there’s been no shortage of controversy surrounding the Southern Lee Cavaliers’ football program.
Now there might be more.
In what may be considered another controversial move in a season of them, Eric Puryear was named as the new head football coach at Southern Lee.
Puryear, who comes to Sanford after serving as the defensive backs coach at Wingate University in 2008 and as the defensive coordinator at Johnson C. Smith University before that, replaces the embattled Bill Maczko, who finished 1-9 in 2008 in his first-year as a head coach, a year marred by parents constantly questioning the direction of the program.
“We’re going to establish organization to the program and we’re going to establish a level of discipline to the program, and our finishied product we put on the field will be able to compete with anyone on our schedule,” Puryear said on Tuesday night.
“I think Coach Puryear will do an outstanding job for us,” Southern Lee Principal Rob Dietrich said.
Many of those parents were hopeful that a finalist for the open position a year ago, former offensive coordinator Mike Short, would be considered for the job. But Short wasn’t granted an interview this time around, and after being transferred to West Lee Middle School early on Tuesday, resigned from the Lee County school system.
Short had no comment on Tuesday.
Dietrich also had no comment about Short.