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Fenton will join Tampa Catholic football staff
Posted Nov 28, 2011 by Nick Williams
Updated Nov 28, 2011 at 10:03 PM
Mike Fenton is returning to where it all began.
Fenton, who last season guided the Jefferson football team to an undefeated season and Class 3A state championship, the program’s first, will join the staff at Tampa Catholic as an offensive assistant after taking a year off from coaching. Fenton, who resigned from Jefferson following the 2010 season, played at Tampa Catholic and later coached there as an assistant.
Fenton has a long history with TC head coach Bob Henriquez. The two worked side by side as assistant coaches at Tampa Catholic and at Jefferson until both landed head coaching jobs. Fenton coached under Henriquez first at TC from 1995-99, when he was Henriquez’s OC. After that stint, they coached together for five seasons at Jefferson, with Henriquez the offensive line coach and Fenton the offensive coordinator.
“We’re close friends and we’ve always talked about maybe coaching together again one day,” Henriquez said. “When he left Jefferson, I told him if I’m still the coach at TC, the door will always be open to you. But I knew he had to take some time away from it before he would consider the idea. Now that he’s coming back home to coach here, I feel like I’ve just made the second biggest coaching hire of the day (behind Urban Meyer at Ohio State).”
Fenton said he will continue to teach at Jefferson and is still in the Hillsborough County DROP program. When he resigned last year, Fenton said Henriquez asked if he was interested, but decided to take a sabbatical.
“He said “let’s get the band back together,” Fenton said.
TC’s staff includes former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Dave Lewis, who coached with Fenton at TC and has remained there.