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Longtime Pinellas Park assistant takes the reins

By RODNEY PAGE, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 12, 2002


After nine years as an assistant coach at Pinellas Park, Luke Kademoff will take over as head coach for the 2002 season.

After nine years as an assistant coach at Pinellas Park, Luke Kademoff will take over as head coach for the 2002 season.

Kademoff replaces James Adams, who resigned after the 2001 season to pursue a job in administration.

Kademoff, a former Dixie Hollins offensive lineman who also played collegiately at Samford in Birmingham, Ala., was the Patriots' offensive and defensive line coach from 1993-97 and was promoted to defensive coordinator and assistant head coach in 1998.

"I've had some other offers from other coaches, but this opportunity presented itself at the right time," Kademoff, 34, said.

"I'm looking forward to calling the offensive plays, which is what I know the most about."

Kademoff said he will try to construct his coaching staff with people already teaching at Pinellas Park.

Pinellas Park was 3-7 last season but qualified for the playoffs as a district runner-up. The Patriots have 18 starters returning, which has Kademoff optimistic about his first season as head coach.

"I'm not going to change much," Kademoff said. "We've got a good group coming back."

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