Freedom coach Todd Donohoe

After a one-year hiatus, former Strawberry Crest football football coach Todd Donohoe has been hired to the same position at Freedom, Patriots athletic director Eli Thomas announced.

Donohoe led the Chargers to the .500 mark in his second season, before abruptly resigning before the start of last season. He has served as a physical education teacher at Freedom, but tells The Tampa Tribune that coaching is what he missed the most.

“Coaching is in my blood,” said Donohoe, who spent four seasons at Armwood as an assistant under Sean Callahan. “I wanted to get back, some how, some way. I applied at Strawberry Crest because so many folks wanted me to and since I still live in Plant City and I still go to the grocery store there and see people, I felt like I owed it to them to try.

“But honestly, I really wanted to be here at Freedom. This is where I teach now and this is where I’ve gotten to know so many of the kids. We’ve got a lot of good things going on at Freedom and I’m excited and honored to be the guy they chose to lead the football program.”

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