Cavs find new football coach in Sunshine State

Feb. 13, 2013 @ 07:26 PM

Southern Lee announced the hiring of Don Simon as its new head football coach Tuesday night.

Simon, who's coming to the Cavaliers from Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Fla. where he's coached for the last six seasons, has spent his high school coaching career in south Florida.

Southern Lee's previous head coach, Tom Paris, was dismissed from the coaching position in December after the Cavaliers went 2-9. Paris coached the Cavaliers for three seasons, including a 6-6 season and a trip to the state playoffs in 2011.

"Our administrative staff is excited to welcome coach Simon and his family to Southern Lee High School. I truly believe he can take our program to the next level," said Southern Lee principal Bonnie Almond in a memo to school staff sent out Tuesday.

Simon is scheduled to join the Southern Lee staff as head football coach and weight training coach on March 4.

Flanagan, in Broward County, has an enrollment of nearly 3,500. Simon coached the Falcons to their first winning record in the first 18 years of the program history during his tenure. Flanagan went 6-4 this past fall.

Before taking the job at Flanagan, Simon was the first football coach at Ronald Reagan High School in Miami where he built a program from scratch.

"Throughout his career he has been involved in building and rebuilding programs," Almond said.

Simon attended and was a placekicker/punter at Dakota State University in Madison, S.D. He was an all-conference and a 1993 honorable mention All-American kicker in his collegiate career.