Long-time Southeast High coach announces retirement

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BRADENTON, Fla. - A fixture on the Southeast High School sideline has announced his retirement.

After more than 3-decades as the Southeast Athletic Director and head football coach, Paul Maechtle will coach his final game on Friday night when the 'Noles host Palmetto.

In a letter delivered to principal Jim Pauley, Maechtle states: “I am providing you with written documentation that at the end of the football season on Friday November 8, 2013 I will be stepping down as the Head Football Coach at Southeast High School.”

Maechtle led the Seminoles to back to back state titles in 1993 and '94. His team lost in the 1985 state championship game to Pensacola Escambia, who had a running back by the name of Emmitt Smith.

As a head coach at Southeast, he coached Florida Mr. Football Adrian McPherson and future NFL stars Peter Warrick and Mike Jenkins.

Maechtle is also a member of the FACA Hall of Fame.