Matthews to coach Tebow's school


Shane Matthews, a three-time All-SEC quarterback for Steve Spurrier at Florida, was named the head coach at Nease High School on Monday. (Photo courtesy of the St. Augustine Record)

Published: Monday, January 16, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 16, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

A version of the old Fun ‘n Gun may be coming to the same high school where Tim Tebow became a legend quarterbacking the spread offense.

Shane Matthews, a three-time All-SEC quarterback for Steve Spurrier at Florida, was named the head coach at Nease High School on Monday. He replaces Danny Cowgill, who is coming off his second consecutive 4-6 season.




“There's going to be a lot of fun in what we do,” Matthews said. “We're going to have an offense that kids want to play in.”

With Matthews calling the shots, it's almost a certainty that the Panthers will be throwing the football all over the lot.

Matthews said he's had several head-coaching offers over the past few years, but he was waiting for a job that felt like the right fit. This one is it, he said.

“It's a great area, a great school academically,” Matthew said. “You want to go to a school that you feel is a good fit. This is a perfect fit.”

Matthews, a Gainesville radio personality, was a volunteer coach at Gainesville High in 2009-10.

Before that, he was hired to be the head coach of the Gainesville franchise in the professional All-American Football League, but the league never got off the ground on 2007.

The son of a high school coach, Matthews was Spurrier's first starting quarterback at UF (1990-92) and he spent 14 years in the NFL. He has a great understanding of the passing game.

“The name is definitely going to create excitement,” Nease athletic director Ted Barbato told the Florida Times-Union. “In the interview you could just tell his heart was out there. He enjoys what he does. He wants to make a commitment to high school.”

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