SARASOTA, Fla. - Booker High School has fired its head football coach. Johnnie Jones has been let go after two years leading the Tornadoes -- but not because of the team’s on the field performance.
Booker's administration and athletic department want a head coach who will be on the Booker campus during the school day. Jones is a behavioral specialist at Triad alternative school, and wants to stay in that position.
"He's really, really good at what he's doing, but the hours over there, it makes it challenging for him to be here to provide the academic support, to monitor our students academically; little things, reminding them to get to class on time, being here when the coaches are available, the recruiters are coming on campus," says Booker High principal Rachel Shelley.
She says the next head coach does not have to be a teacher at Booker, they just have to be on campus to support the players.
The school will name an interim head coach to lead the team through conditioning and begin a search for a permanent coach.
Jones led the Tornadoes to a 6-3 record in 2013, earning them their first playoff spot since 2007.