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Fivay hires Hernando assistant John Diehl as head coach

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Mon. July 20, 2015 | Rodney Page | Email

Fivay has hired John Diehl as its new football coach. 

Diehl, 59, brings more than 30 years of high school coaching experience to the Falcons. He spent the spring as an assistant coach at Hernando High School, working with the offensive line. Prior to Hernando, he was the head coach at Forest Park High near Atlanta in 2013.

“I think this is a great opportunity for me,” Diehl said. “I’m in the process of putting together a staff and it looks as if the entire staff will be on campus. I’m ready to get going.”

Diehl will teach world history at Fivay. He takes over for Chris Taylor, who was the Falcons’ first head coach in 2010. Taylor was 20-26 in his five seasons (they played only five varsity games in 2010). Last season, the Falcons were 2-8.

Taylor was named Fivay’s athletic director in the offseason, but coached the Falcons in the spring game. Taylor said the demands of being an athletic director and head football coach were too much.

“I don’t think I realized how much work it was actually going to be,” he said. “So I thought it would be best to find another football coach. We had a good group of applicants and John really stood out. He’s fit right in so far.”

Diehl said his overall head coaching record is 188-78-6 at schools in Missouri, New York, Florida and Georgia. Forest Park was 2-8 in 2013.

He moved to Pasco County after his mother suffered a heart attack and needed full-time care.

“My wife was coming down here almost every week and we decided to move here full time,” Diehl said. “Everything has ended up working out well.”

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