Hillsborough HS head coach begins 22nd season

Tampa, Florida -- High school football began this week as schools opened fall practice about two weeks before classes begin.

At Hillsborough High, Earl Garcia is beginning his 22nd year as head coach of the Terriers. It's his 29th season as a high school's head coach. In all, Earl has more than 40 years of coaching on his resume.

Since high school football has become a year-round sport, Garcia told 10 Sports that he doesn't have many surprises when fall practice begins.

"We gave our kids seven days off at the end of the season, then we started again," Garcia said. "Everyone is pretty much a known entity on our team. You get a couple of surprises that walk in, but at Hillsborough, we don't get a whole lot of walk-ins."

And in this first week, the preparation is pretty fundamental.

"Even though we've been at it since November, you can actually get on the field and coach football. It is fundamentals 101, football 101, from now until mid-season, before we start getting fancy," Garcia said.

Garcia said still has the passion for coaching. If he ever loses that, he said he'll just head to the beach.

The regular season begins Aug. 29.


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