Bishop McLaughlin hires football coach with NFL pedigree

It’s not often a former NFL and NCAA Division I coach comes knocking on the door of a local high school wanting to coach youth football. But, that’s what happened at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School. Joe Vaughn spent the last seven seasons — from 2012 to 2018 — as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before that, from 2006 to 2011, Vaughn … [Read more...]

Ringing in a new school year in Pasco County Schools

Pasco County public school students began a new school year on Aug. 14, and some of those students headed to schools that were opening for the first time. At Bexley Elementary, in Land O’ Lakes, parents and children appeared eager to begin a new year, in a new school. The message on the school’s marquee was summed up in three words: “Believe. Engage. Succeed.”   Things were … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel’s first-year coach finds early football success

If the first four games are any indication, the Wesley Chapel High School Wildcats are on pace to have their first winning season since 2011. Beyond that, the Wildcats (4-0)—the lone undefeated team in Pasco County— have the makings of a team capable of finding triumphs not seen since the early ‘00s, when the team was coached by John Castelamare. The Wildcats went a combined 35-8 from … [Read more...]

New Wesley Chapel football coach settling in

It’s been a while since the Wesley Chapel High School football team has celebrated a winning season—since 2011 to be exact. Anthony Egan, the new head coach, hopes to change that. Egan coached both the offensive and defensive line at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey for the past three seasons. He was named the Wildcats’ head coach in early January. He officially begins working … [Read more...]

Wildcats work hard, wait for wins

The Wesley Chapel Wildcats didn't win any varsity games in 2013. They won just two last season and they've started this year with a couple of losses. But Tico Hernandez, the team’s head coach, said you’re missing the point if you judge the team based only on its record. "We talk about 'building men for others.' That's our slogan. These guys are going to be husbands and daddys and … [Read more...]

Wildcats not down, not dejected after winless 2013

Last season the Wesley Chapel Wildcats lost all of their games. They were shut out four times and only scored seven points or more in two contests all year. In half of their games, they lost by at least 30 points. But in the locker room and at practice, no heads are hanging. Players aren’t dejected or going through the motions. In fact, there’s plenty of optimism and enthusiasm as they … [Read more...]

Pride on the line between Wiregrass Ranch, Wesley Chapel

If you're looking for a powerhouse matchup between two of the best high school football teams in the area, the Nov. 8 game between the Wiregrass Ranch Bulls and the Wesley Chapel Wildcats probably isn't it. Neither team will be going to the playoffs, both are winless in their respective districts, and they have a combined three victories between them (all of them from 3-6 Wiregrass Ranch, … [Read more...]