High school football

Florida school hires former Lex. coach Earley

The Orlando SentinelJuly 25, 2013 

Former Lexington High coach Scott Earley directs a player during the Under Armour All-American Game practice at Disney Wide World of Sports Complex, Sunday, January1, 2012.

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com Buy Photo

— Seminole High looked to South Carolina to find a new leader for its football program, announcing Thursday that former Lexington coach Scott Earley, 42, has been selected as the coach after a three-week search.

He replaces Robert Vite, who resigned on July 2 after two-plus seasons.

Earley compiled a 103-45 career record at three South Carolina high schools. He landed his first head-coaching job in 2001 at Myrtle Beach and went 72-29 in eight seasons, winning the 2008 Class 3A state championship in his final year with the school.

“I’ve always been fond of Florida and the type of football played in Florida,” said Earley. “I’ve had other opportunities (to coach in Florida) and passed, but this one I felt the timing and the place was right.”

He coached at Chapin for one year before leaving for Lexington, where he coached the past three seasons. He resigned at Lexington in March.

Vite, who resigned after his wife took a job in North Carolina, was 15-12 as Seminole’s coach. The Seminoles were 7-5 last season and lost in a region semifinal.

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