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Armwood’s Callahan gets a coaching staycation with Under Armour staff

Posted Oct 10, 2012 by Bill Ward

Updated Oct 10, 2012 at 02:49 PM

This time last year, organizers of the Under Armour All-American prep football game at Tropicana Field wanted Armwood coach Sean Callahan to be part of its coaching staff. Callahan, however, had already committed to be an assistant in the U.S. Marine Corps Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix.

This year, Callahan said ‘‘yes’’ to the Under Armour game, becoming one of the few high school coaches in the country to be chosen for staffs in the nation’s three premier prep all-star football games: Under Armour, Semper Fidelis and the U.S. Army All-American Game.

‘‘After I said no to the Under Armour people last year, they were on me about coaching for them this year,’’ Callahan said. ‘‘I would normally prefer to coach out of town at the end of the season to get a little vacation but it’s still going to be nice to be in Orlando (for Under Armour’s pregame training camp).’‘

And on the way to the Under Armour Game in St. Petersburg, set for Jan. 4 at 5 p.m., Callahan says he and the coaching staff will drive by Armwood along Interstate 4 and see his school and their sign boasting of their state championships.

The Under Armour game will be televised on live on ESPN. Callahan will be joined at the game by two of his senior athletes that have been selected, wide receiver Alvin Bailey, a University of Florida commitment, and safety Leon McQuay III, who has yet to make his college choice. Both Bailey and McQuay will be honored in an Under Armour selection ceremony at Armwood next Tuesday.

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