Hernando High School principal Leechele Booker has announced that Earl Garcia III has been named the head football coach of the Leopards. Coach Garcia brings several years of coaching experience at the high school level, coming from Hillsborough High School, where he was the architect behind a defense that allowed less than 14 points a game and had 25 shutouts in his 85 games as a defensive coordinator. Garcia also coached at Spoto High School and King High School.
Mrs. Booker was excited that Garcia accepted the offer to be the next head coach. “I loved Coach Garcia’s energy, passion, vision and determination to get our football program to the level we want to be at. We are happy to welcome Coach Garcia and his family into the purple and gold family.”
Garcia was fired up for the opportunity, “I am excited for the opportunity to get things rolling. We are going to do some things different on and off the field and can’t wait to get on campus to get the process started. I have heard nothing but good things about the Brooksville community and the support they have for the high school. We are very excited to get involved and be a part of the tradition that has been established in the community and at the school.”
The Leopards finished last season 5-5. The team is scheduled to travel to Dunnellon High School for the pre-season classic and will open the season on the road playing Lake Gibson.