Brian Surcy was “living a dream” Friday morning when he learned he had been named head coach of the Bloomingdale High football team.
Surcy, a former running back who graduated from Bloomingdale in 1996, missed getting the Bulls’ job in 2007. Now, at 36, he said he feels “fully prepared to step in.”
“Timing is everything, and I have to say this feels right,” said Surcy, who was an assistant at Middleton and Tampa Catholic before spending the past two seasons as a Bloomingdale assistant. “All my experience has prepared me for this.”
Surcy, who coached running backs the past two years, replaces John Booth, who was named coach at Bradenton Manatee on July 1.
“(Surcy) has the knowledge and the drive, and he can step right in and hit the ground running,” Booth said.
“I think he can continue building a great program for Bloomingdale.”
Booth led the Bulls to a 6-4 record in 2013. Surcy, who praised Booth, said Bloomingdale can’t rest on last year’s success.
The Bulls can’t afford a letdown, because they play in one of the area’s toughest districts — Class 8A-District 6 — with Plant, Wharton, Alonso, Newsome and Riverview.
“Last year means nothing if we don’t get better every day,” Surcy said. “We’ve got to be committed, and I’m going to do everything possible to make sure we are.
“We’ve had a great offseason program, but we need to keep working hard.”