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AC Flora football coach headed back to Sunshine State

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AC Flora coach Collin Drafts, players Quincy Riley and Dewey Greene discuss going from no wins last year to competing for region title this year.
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AC Flora coach Collin Drafts, players Quincy Riley and Dewey Greene discuss going from no wins last year to competing for region title this year.

Collin Drafts is leaving the A.C. Flora High School football program after two seasons as head coach.

Drafts was announced as the new coach at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra, Florida on Friday. By going back to Florida, he gets to be closer to his family and two children.

Drafts informed his Flora players Friday during lunch. He replaces Tim Krause, who left Nease in February to take the job at Bishop Kenny High School. Nease is the alma mater of Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winner and current outfielder in the New York Mets organization.

“Extremely tough. I didn’t pull trigger right away because of my time here and the people and everyone I came in contact with at AC Flora,” Drafts said. “Reason I came here was the potential it could be and we proved what it could be after a tough beginning. I felt we were headed in the right direction down the road with our feeder programs and athletes coming up.

“So the competitor in me knows that this is hard to walk away from. But at the end of day, this was right decision and my kids need me there. I am comfortable in this decision because it was done for the right reasons.”

Drafts will remain at Flora through the end of the school year.

After going 0-10 in his first season at Flora, the Falcons went 9-3 this year and won the Region 5-4A championship before losing to Wren in the second round of the playoffs. Drafts was named Class 4A Lower State Coach of the Year by the S.C. Football Coaches Association.

Drafts also credited Flora’s administration for sticking with him after the winless season in year one. A.C. Flora released a statement, wishing Drafts luck and that a search for his successor will begin right away.

“AC Flora would like to thank Coach Collin Drafts for his service to our school and football program. His hard work and dedication led to remarkable growth in our program,” the statement said. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors. We will begin the search for his replacement immediately and will work diligently to have a staff in place as soon as possible.”

Before coming to Flora, Drafts spent six years coaching in Florida. He was head coach for one season at East River High School near Orlando, Fla. Before that, the former Battery Creek and Charleston Southern standout was offensive coordinator at Olympia and West Orange high schools. He also spent time with the Jacksonville Sharks of the Arena Football League.

Draft was a standout quarterback at Charleston Southern and is in the school’s Hall of Fame as well as Big South Conference Hall of Fame. He still holds many school and conference passing records.