By: Jesse Nadelman- Staff Writer
It’s the off-season in South Florida, and that means a lot of movement between personnel. Most notably, some schools will be looking for new coaches no matter the circumstances. As ESPN does in college, R.M.F. Magazine will mock a search firm for each relevant varsity boys head coaching vacancy, noting candidates the school may hire, who they should hire, and any other outside possibilities that could fill the job.
Let’s have some fun.
Miami Country Day
Miami Country Day head coach Hugo De La Rosa resigned on Wednesday, R.M.F. Magazine learned, and now Miami Country Day will search for a new boy’s head coach. De La Rosa, who was at the helm for three years, led the Spartans to the regional semifinals the last two years. Country Day had 6-foot-8 forward Ibrahim Doumbia the past two years, who is headed to South Carolina. The small private school in Miami’s girls team has been one of the country’s best, making it to Dick’s Nationals in New York City in two of the last three years.
Miami Country Day is currently a 4A school playing in district six alongside Sagemont, Scheck Hillel, Somerset Academy (Central Miramar), Doctors Charter, and Hialeah Education Academy.
Here’s a look into who we – hypothetically – think could be some options to take the helm at Miami Country Day.
*Note: None of this is based on info R.M.F. Magazine has heard, but rather just fun speculation.
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*Candidates that are long shots for the job, but it’s always worth a call to ask.
Marcos Molina, Miami Palmetto Head Coach: Molina just finished his first year at Palmetto, after leading Miami Christian. He led Palmetto to the regional finals and nearly knocked off South Miami despite lesser talent and more youth on his roster. Molina is regarded as one of the top coaches in Dade, and has private school experience, which should intrigue Country Day. But it’s unlikely he’ll leave what he is building at Palmetto – a team with almost all key players returning – to jump back to a private school that has Sagemont and Westminster Academy in the way to Lakeland.
Jorge Fernandez, Doral Academy Head Coach: Fernandez has done a tremendous job at Doral Academy, where he captured a district championship had the Firebirds in the regional semifinals last year before losing to Miami Norland. Miami Country Day is a more appealing job than Doral, but would Fernandez leave what he’s built there to take over Country Day? It’s an unlikely possibility.
*Candidates that we could see as good fits for the job.
Juan Urbina, Mater Lakes Academy Head Coach: Urbina has done a phenomenal job taking over Mater Lakes Academy, also a limited program with no gym (they practiced on outdoor courts), and won the district title and reached the regional semifinals this past year. Now, would he leave for Miami Country Day where he has far better facilities and funds? Not to mention, he gets to get out of the 5A region of death where Mater Lakes has to beat the likes of Gulliver Prep, Calvary Christian, University School to get to Lakeland. Urbina should consider this one.
Adam Graham, Ex-Coral Reef Head Coach: Graham recently stepped down at Coral Reef, where he led the Barracudas to a district title just two seasons ago before falling in regionals to South Miami in overtime. Without a coaching job right now, it’s possible Graham will pursue the Miami Country Day position if he would like to make the jump to private.
Anthony Serro, Monsignor Pace Head Coach: Serro has been the coach at Monsignor Pace since taking over in the 2013 season. He has led Pace to a couple winning seasons and regional finals appearances. But the last two years have been different. The Spartans went 9-17 this past year and also sit in a loaded 5A now with Gulliver Prep, University School, Calvary Christian, and others. This opportunity at Miami Country Day could be perfect for both sides.
Benny Fernandez, Miami Christian Assistant Coach: Fernandez used to be the head coach at Princeton Christian before joining the Miami Christian staff as an assistant this past year, on board as the Victors won the 2A state championship and went undefeated in Florida. It’s possible Fernandez could look to get back to being a head coach and be a candidate to take over at Miami Country Day.
Recommendation: Urbina. He’s done a tremendous job at Mater Lakes Academy with little funds and no facilities. He is one of the top growing young coaches. Imagine what he can do at a high tier private school like Miami Country Day, where the girl’s program is a national contender.
Prediction: Urbina. If Miami Country Day reaches out to him, it’s hard to see him turning down this job from where he is at Mater Lakes. It’s a great opportunity for both sides. If Urbina doesn’t get the job, it’s unclear out of the candidates who will be hired.
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