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Bill Wiles starts two months before season opener

W_-_SFHS_FB_CoachALACHUA – If Bill Wiles seems calm, it’s not for a lack of pressure.

Wiles, the recently hired head football coach at Santa Fe High School, is preparing for a football season that starts in less than two months.  He met his players for the first time on Thursday.

Yet Wiles, a seasoned coach who has headed the football programs at South Walton, Branford and Graceville High Schools, is confident that his new group will come together quickly.

“Timing-wise, were going to take a lemon and make lemonade,” Wiles said.  “This is a great group of kids, and we’re going to work through this challenge and try to make the best out of it.”

Wiles, who won a state championship with Graceville High School in 1993, must finish moving from South Walton before preparing his team for its first practice Aug. 6 and its season opener Aug. 24 at Columbia High School.

Though Wiles is a former offensive coordinator, he said he will not bring one particular focus to Santa Fe’s strategy.

“As far as what we’re going to do this season, I’m going to play to the strengths of the kids and go from there,” Wiles said.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Wiles has lived half of his adult life in and around Alachua, a fact which played into his decision to coach at Santa Fe.

“I wouldn’t have just done it at any school,” Wiles said.  “Santa Fe offers a great tradition, and I believe we can be a very good, top-of-the-line football program.”

The team will attend the FCA Football Camp on July 18-20, and in the meantime is working on strength and conditioning Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-10a.m.

Wiles understands that he and his new team are under a bit of pressure, but he feels that his experience and the work ethic of his players will work through the situation.

“This team has already gone through spring practice, and most of the teams we’ll be playing against have been building a team since January,” Wiles said.  “We know we don’t have that luxury.  But we’re not going to make that a negative; we’re going to try to turn it into a positive.”

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Bill Wiles starts two months before season opener

W_-_SFHS_FB_CoachALACHUA – If Bill Wiles seems calm, it’s not for a lack of pressure.

Wiles, the recently hired head football coach at Santa Fe High School, is preparing for a football season that starts in less than two months.  He met his players for the first time on Thursday.

Yet Wiles, a seasoned coach who has headed the football programs at South Walton, Branford and Graceville High Schools, is confident that his new group will come together quickly.

“Timing-wise, were going to take a lemon and make lemonade,” Wiles said.  “This is a great group of kids, and we’re going to work through this challenge and try to make the best out of it.”

Wiles, who won a state championship with Graceville High School in 1993, must finish moving from South Walton before preparing his team for its first practice Aug. 6 and its season opener Aug. 24 at Columbia High School.

Though Wiles is a former offensive coordinator, he said he will not bring one particular focus to Santa Fe’s strategy.

“As far as what we’re going to do this season, I’m going to play to the strengths of the kids and go from there,” Wiles said.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Wiles has lived half of his adult life in and around Alachua, a fact which played into his decision to coach at Santa Fe.

“I wouldn’t have just done it at any school,” Wiles said.  “Santa Fe offers a great tradition, and I believe we can be a very good, top-of-the-line football program.”

The team will attend the FCA Football Camp on July 18-20, and in the meantime is working on strength and conditioning Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-10a.m.

Wiles understands that he and his new team are under a bit of pressure, but he feels that his experience and the work ethic of his players will work through the situation.

“This team has already gone through spring practice, and most of the teams we’ll be playing against have been building a team since January,” Wiles said.  “We know we don’t have that luxury.  But we’re not going to make that a negative; we’re going to try to turn it into a positive.”

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