Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Orange Park Coach Gets New Job

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Orange Park Coach Gets New Job

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One Clay County football coach just got busier. Ron McCrone, the coach of the Orange Park High football team, will coach the Jacksonville Tomcats arena football team next season. McCrone replaces the team's first head coach, Perry Moss, following his retirement in August. The Tomcats went 9-7 in their inaugural season.

McCrone, who has been in coaching for nearly 30 years, tried to put his feelings into perspective at the team's recent press conference.

"This is the most exciting day of my life besides the time that I married my wife [Mary] and the birth of my three children [Jeff, Kelly and Blair]," he said. "It is great to come back home to a great football city and a great organization."

McCrone, who was the defensive coordinator for the rival Tallahassee Thunder last year, said that after playing against the rest of the teams in the league, Jacksonville impressed him the most.

"Without a doubt, Jacksonville was the best by far," he said. "Perry Moss built the foundation for this team and it is up to us to put up the side, the roof and the windows."

Bruce Burge, the executive vice president of the Tomcats, said the team is blessed to have found a local candidate with tremendous football credentials and character.

"On behalf of our entire organization, I want to welcome Ron and his family home," he said.

Although McCrone said his next order of business is to interview and hire a staff, he said in no way will the Tomcat job interfere with his job at Orange Park.

"My whole dedication is to Orange Park until the end of the season and hopefully into the playoffs," he said. "However, we have a great support staff with the Tomcats, so it will be an easy transition."

When asked about the time crunch next May when he has to coach spring football at Orange Park and the Tomcats at the same time, McCrone said he was used to the pace.

"I did it last year and I won't have the 2 1/2-hour drive to Tallahassee either," he said.

McCrone said he is excited about having his son, Jeff, back with the team as the starting quarterback. However, he said he knows where to draw the line as a coach and father. …

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