Any good high school coach does all they can to teach, exemplify, encourage and support the players on their team, and knows he or she can’t do it for them.
Unless you’re Seahawk boys assistant coach Danny Carrino, and you actually go into the game.
Coach Hayden Warren is staying tight-lipped about what happened in the Dec. 4 game at Rickards, when the team fell 8-0 for their eighth straight loss.
Apparently, Carrino, a 2013 FCHS grad who was a standout goalie for the Seahawks when he played, made a surprise entrance on to the field, fully suited up, late in the game, and unbeknownst to the officials.
Informed sources said it was their understanding that the Rickards coach was having his players dribble the ball repeatedly near the Seahawk goal in what they said had the effect of taunting Franklin County., They said Carrino was just trying to defend his players,
Carrino’s appearance didn’t escape the notice of school officials, and so the following day, athletic director Scott Collins self-reported the matter to the Florida High School Athletic Association.
The FHSAA wasted little time in handing down a punishment for a breach of its policies against unsportsmanlike conduct, and ruled Carrino was ineligible to do any coaching, in any Florida high school sport, for 12 months, and fined FCHS $100.
That means you won’t see Carrino on the sidelines until Dec. 4, 2020.
While the FHSAA spared Warren, Principal Michael Sneed handed down a three-day suspension. "There is no excuse," said Collins.
Until Warren returns, Dakota Tillis has stepped in as interim skipper, and is being assisted by Keiran Williams.
Collins said he isn’t sure who will be head coach and assistant for the remainder of the season. "We’ll wait and see how that works out," he said.
The boys team has been on a dry streak since the start of the season.
On Nov. 21 at home, they fell 8-0 to Wakulla, and the next day against St. John Paul II, they repeated that score.
On Nov. 25 at Port St. Joe, the boys lost 6-2, with the two scores from Francisco Juan and Alex Itzkovitz.
On Dec. 2 at St. John Paul, the boys lost 9-1, with Levi Bilbo scoring the lone goal. The next day at Bozeman, the Seahawks lost 5-1, with Bilbo again scoring the lone goal.