Hayes DuJardin – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – On Tuesday, coach Mick Koczersut stepped down from his position as head coach of the LRHS football team. Koczersut has been the head coach since the 2014 season, coaching the Mustangs to a 14-22 record over his span as coach.

Koczersut told HT Preps, “There was no one specific reason. Ultimately, it came down to the fact that I really enjoy coaching. I just didn’t enjoy being the head football coach.”

Senior Chase Sharp said he respects Koczersut’s decision.

“I am going to support coach K in whatever he wants to do. He made a good point about the stress and all the work that goes into being a head coach and right now, in his life, he doesn’t necessarily want it and I think that decision is completely respectable,” he said. “He has had a big impact on me since I started playing here and I’m glad that I was able to play my last season under him.”

LRHS athletic director Shawn Trent explained what he is looking for in Koczersut’s replacement.

“I don’t really have anything specific I’m looking for,” he said. “Just the right person at the right time ready to coach the right team. We just want someone to carry on the Mustang lineage.”

Koczersut became head coach under unexpected circumstances. After the Manatee County School Board prohibited athletic directors from serving as head coaches, Trent, who formerly held both jobs, quit coaching and chose to step down and promote Koczersut, who was the assistant coach during Trent’s tenure, to the head coach position.

Until the new coach is named, Koczersut is to remain in charge of day-to-day operations.

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