Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Prep Notebook; Wolfson Football Coach Steps Down

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Prep Notebook; Wolfson Football Coach Steps Down

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Byline: Justin Barney

Wolfson is on the hunt for a new football coach.

Toby Bullock stepped down from the position after three seasons, saying it was a personal decision made in the best interest of the program.

"It was a tough decision, it really was, my dream was being a head coach, coaching is what I do," Bullock said. "I'd like to be somewhere [in the near future]. We'll see."

Wolfson athletic director Cindy Tinsley-Talley said that the school hoped to have a new coach in place sooner rather than later with summer workouts on the horizon.

Wolfson went 2-27 in Bullock's tenure, although it transitioned into a magnet school during his time there and made progress on the field last year.

The Wolfpack had brief momentum in 2016 after beating district opponent - and a heavily favored - Parker. The Wolfpack showed an uptick in consistency, averaging 10.3 ppg compared to just 6.8 in 2015.

Wolfson dropped down in classification, from 5A to 4A this year, opening up what should be a clearer path to improvement.

"I absolutely think they'll get some more wins [in 2017]," Bullock said. "She [Tinsley-Talley] and I worked really hard to make sure we had a schedule that would allow the kids to be competitive. I told the kids if they put in the effort, there's no reason why they shouldn't [win more]."

Bullock landed the Wolfpack head coaching position in June 2014, joining the Wolfpack after serving in an assistant role at Creekside. He replaced Tom Williams, who spent just 24 days at Wolfson before resigning.

FERNANDINA'S ROLAND RETIRING

Ken Roland is finally calling it a career.

The longtime Fernandina Beach baseball coach and athletic director is down to his final days as retirement looms.

Roland has spent the final 22 years as the Pirates AD, and all 35 of his years at Fernandina as the baseball coach. His career win total is a robust one. Roland went 667-416 as a baseball coach in his 40-year coaching career. At Fernandina, the school where he graduated from, Roland was 631-376.

He reflected on some of the veteran baseball coaches and the competitions over the years, throwing out a handful of coaching veterans who have preceded him in retirement. …

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