Santa Fe football coach resigns

Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 3:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 3:14 p.m.

After three seasons, the homecoming for Shea Showers as Santa Fe's football coach is over.

Showers, who helped lead the Raiders to the 1991 FHSAA Class 3A state title as a player, resigned Wednesday morning.

Santa Fe, which hasn't been to the regional playoffs since 2004, has gone just 5-25 in the last three seasons under Showers.

"It was hard to do, it was something that was mutually decided that it needed to be done," said Showers, who was a defensive back on Florida's 1996 national championship team. "There was no hard feelings one way or the other on either side. It is the nature of the business."

Also the girls weightlifting coach and a weightlifting teacher, Showers is expected to finish out the school year at Santa Fe, according to athletic director Michele Faulk. She also said the search to find the next Raiders' coach will begin immediately, with plans of having Showers' successor in place for spring practice.

"The program didn't progress at the rate we wanted it to and it is best that they go in a different direction," Showers said. "I will always be a Raider, because I went to school here and I played here. It was an exciting time, but it was a tough time as well."

Santa Fe, which won the Class 3A crown in 1991 and the Class 4A state championship in 1994, has fallen on hard times. In the last nine seasons, the Raiders own a 24-68 mark, including just one playoff appearance and just two campaigns in which they had more than three victories. Santa Fe's best season during that span was in 2004, when the Raiders finished 7-5 and advanced to the Class 3A regional semifinals. The Raiders have finished 1-9 in each of the last two seasons and three times in the last five years.

"Over the years, I have developed a great relationship with Shea and I am sad to see him go, but as an athletic director, sometimes change can bring about some very positive results," Faulk said. "Your athletic program is judged by your football success, and we have an amazing athletic program out here. I think we can get it back."

Santa Fe was Showers' first head coaching opportunity and the former Raiders and Gators standout still plans on coaching.

"I would still love to coach," Showers said. "You always want to keep your opportunities open. We'll see what happens in a few months."

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