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Leesburg Chooses Nassar As Coach
LAKE SPORTS - High School Football - Coaching
April 9, 2002|By Joe Williams, Sentinel Staff Writer
LEESBURG -- When Charles Nassar left the field at Leesburg's Memorial Field/Hubert O. Dabney
Stadium nearly 20 years ago, the linebacker for Bishop Moore knew he had just played his last high
school football game.
Now, when Nassar returns to the field this fall, it will be to begin his career as a head football coach.
Nassar, 35, an assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Lyman High School for the past
three years, was announced Monday as the next head football coach by Leesburg Principal Charlie
McDaniel. Nassar replaces Bud O'Hara, who was hired a couple of weeks ago as the head coach at
new East Ridge High School in Clermont.
He hopes the beginning of his career as a head coach is better than the ending of his playing career
in 1983, when Leesburg captured a 34-12 victory from him and his Hornet teammates.
"He said when he walked on the campus he got goose bumps at seeing the gates to the stadium,''
McDaniel said. "He played his last high school football game at this field.''
McDaniel said Nassar was picked out of a group of more than 40 original applicants.
Nassar has grown up around Central Florida, playing three years at Lake Highland Prep before
transferring to Bishop Moore for his senior year.
His coaching experience has been mostly at larger schools working as a defensive
coordinator/offensive line coach at Kissimmee Gateway from 1993-95, line coach at Dr. Phillips in
1996, secondary coach at Lake Brantley in 1997 and offensive line coach/interim defensive
coordinator at Apopka in 1998.
At Lyman this past season, though the Greyhounds were only 3-7, Nassar's offense led the Seminole
Athletic Conference, averaging 355 yards and 25.4 points a game. The Greyhounds scored 32 or more
points in four of their final five games of the season.
"I am a firm believer that the triple option offense can be adapted to fit any level of athlete,'' Nassar
said. "We are definitely going to be a triple-option team, regardless of the kind of players we have.''
Though this is Nassar's first head coaching position, he has had a taste of what the job involves after
working as an assistant head coach for Lyman's Bill Caughell.
"As an assistant head coach, I had a number of administrative duties, including watching over
eligibility and grades for our players,'' Nassar said. "I also did a little bit of the weight program.
"I have worked for a lot of really great head coaches and coordinators and I have learned a lot from
Nassar, who will be employed as an English teacher at Leesburg but may have to commute from
Seminole County for spring football practice in May, will work the spring with the remaining football
staff at Leesburg and will probably be able to hire a couple of assistants.
In addition to O'Hara's leaving, one of the football program's top assistants, Price Harris, has been
named the head football coach at Williston.