Newberry football announces interim coach

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 3:26 a.m.

Newberry athletic director Ken Johnson announced Monday that Kepa Sarduy will serve as interim coach for the Panthers football team, stepping in for coach Chris Baker, who resigned Friday to take an assistant position at Cantonment Tate.

Sarduy, a math instructor at the school, was Baker's defensive coordinator last season at Newberry, which went 9-4 and reached the state semifinals. Spring drills begin around the state on May 1.

“He coached under Chris Baker this past season and did a good job,” Johnson said. “He will be among the pool of candidates we will be looking at when we name a permanent coach sometime around the first week of June.

Sarduy came to Newberry from Melbourne Eau Gallie, where he was the offensive line coach. Before that, he coached in Hawaii.

“I am looking at this like it is going to be an audition for the fall,” Sarduy said. “May 1, that when it starts. Then three days later you get to put on the pads and see what you really got. The players have worked hard in the weight room and they seem pretty excited when it was announced I was the interim coach.”

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