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Players Say Weir Was A Great Motivator
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No Timetable Has Been Set For Naming A Successor.
March 18, 1992|By Gary Graves Of The Sentinel Staff
Orlando Sentinel
Updated: Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 2:35 p.m.

LEESBURG — Although athletes know that coaching involves some nomadism, it doesn't ease the
shock when their mentors abruptly leave.

Such was the case for Leesburg junior wide receiver Duane Foster, who was somewhat stunned by
football coach Ken Weir's surprising announcement Tuesday that he was leaving after three years
there for a similar position at Martin County High School. Of the two coaches he has had, Freeman said
Weir had probably the biggest impact on the program, especially from a mental standpoint.

''It made me feel bad because I've got to get used to another coach,'' Foster said between runs at track
practice. ''He taught us how to become winners, and I hate to see him leave.

''But I don't think it'll have much of an effect. I think the players will play the same with another coach.''

Especially if it's one already in the program. Foster hinted that the aftermath could be lessened if one of
the remaining Yellow Jackets assistant coaches were promoted.

One who would like to be considered is defensive coordinator Ed Hoffman, who doubles as
Leesburg's track coach. Despite frequent questions from student-athletes about whether he would join
Weir at Martin County, Hoffman made it clear he intends to stay put.

''Right now, my plans are to stay here,'' said Hoffman, who began coaching with Weir in the mid-1970s
at Hudson High in Pasco County. ''That's an opportunity I haven't talked about, mainly because people
know I'm interested in staying here.''

Leesburg principal Jim Polk hasn't announced his expectations or a timetable for hiring Weir's
successor, but Hoffman plans to apply soon. He's hopeful a new coach will be hired before the start of
spring practice in May.

He hinted that Weir's act might be tough to follow, especially after the Yellow Jackets finished 8-2 last
season and tied for the Class AAAA, District 7 title with Edgewater Seminole, which eventually won the
tiebreaker. However, they are expected to be strong again after losing just four players from that squad.

What Hoffman said will be missed most though are Weir's motivational tactics, which helped turn a
moribund program into one of the county's strongest.

''When you get every kid out at every practice, even some who were injured, half your job is done and he
was able to do that,'' Hoffman said. ''That tells you a lot about him and a lot about the kids.''