Jeremiah Rodriguez-Schwartz, the head coach of the Wekiva Mustangs, will not finish the season as the team's leader.
Kenisha Williams, the Principal at Wekiva High School, sent the following message to families:
"On Friday, I received notification from Head Football Coach Jeremiah Rodriguez-Schwartz that he has accepted a middle school math teaching position within the district and will be leaving Wekiva High School. As a result of his new schedule, he will not be able to make it to practice in time to provide his support for our student athletes. He in turn has decided to resign his position with the team. In his absence, Coach Lamarcus Jackson and Coach Steve Brandenburg will assume the daily leadership duties, while I begin the search for a new coach that will lead the Mustangs into the future. Families, please know that this was unexpected and that we are working diligently to provide the continued support for our student athletes as this season nears an end. Thank you for your understanding and support of Wekiva High School."
Despite parents and players speaking up for him and initial reports stating he would be allowed to complete the season, Rodriguez-Schwartz has coached his last game as a Mustang.
Currently, Wekiva is 4-4 on the year after a 60-2 victory over Horizon High School last Friday. The Mustangs face Jones High tonight.
Rodriguez-Schwartz's three-year record at Wekiva was 13-16.
Rodriguez-Schwartz was hired as Wekiva's head coach in January 2021. He took over a program that was on probation before he arrived.
This is a developing story and will be updated by The Apopka Voice as more details are known.
Editor's Note: A previous edition of this story stated that Rodriguez-Schwartz was fired. But according to the principal's message to parents, he resigned.