Ex-Buc Alstott named Northside Christian football coach
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Mike Alstott will be introduced Wednesday as the head football coach at Northside Christian School in St. Petersburg. Nicknamed the "A-Train," Alstott was a six-time Pro Bowl fullback known for his bruising running style. He played his entire 12-season career with the Buccaneers, retiring in January 2008 because of a neck injury. Alstott remains one the Buccaneers' most popular players of all time. He is the franchise's career touchdown leader with 71 (58 rushing, 13 receiving) and second-leading rusher with 5,088 yards, 869 behind James Wilder. Through a spokesman, Alstott declined to comment before Wednesday morning's news conference at the school, when he will be introduced to the Northside Christian student body.Since his retirement, Alstott has remained active in the Tampa Bay community through the Mike Alstott Family Foundation and volunteer coaching. He was a volunteer assistant at St. Petersburg Catholic in 2011. This is his first head coaching position. Alstott replaces Andre Dobson, who was the head coach at Northside for four years before recently being named athletic director and head football coach at Victory Christian in Lakeland. The Mustangs went just 14-27 under Dobson, including a 1-9 mark last season. Dobson's best year was 2009, when he guided Northside to an 8-3 record. Northside's first game this year will be Aug. 31 at home against Shorecrest Preparatory School, another private school in St. Petersburg that in December hired former Tampa Bay tight end and current Bucs broadcaster Dave Moore as head coach.