Cypress Lake looked to the college ranks to land the school's 15th football coach.
Xavier McCray, who played for Steve Spurrier and Bob Stoops at the University of Florida in the mid 1990s, will take over the Panthers' program upon being introduced at a reception by school officials on Friday.
McCray, 39, was one of Dade County's Top 20 players in high school at Carol City under coach Walt Frazier. The highly-recruited defensive back became a Gator in 1993.
He contributed to four SEC Championships from 1993-96, and the Gators' 1996 National Championship. He earned Academic Achievement awards while pursuing a B.S. in Health Science.
After Florida, McCray spent time in the Arena Football League and started a coaching career at the high school level in Miami. Frazier called McCray home to his alma mater to coach the secondary. He also coached track and field and led his team to a Class 4A state runner-up spot.
"We are thrilled to have found Xavier McCray to build and lead the Cypress Lake football program," said athletic director David Wasson in a prepared statement. "I am most impressed by Coach McCray's disciplinary skills. He is a motivational leader who also knows his Xs and Os ... and I have no doubt Coach McCray will quickly move our program forward and rebuild Panther Football."
McCray was one of 10 finalists interviewed and 26 applicants for the job.
Bishop Verot 10, Clewiston 0: Gillian Takais drove in a pair of runs with three base hits and winning pitcher Annette Castaldo cracked a solo home run to lead Bishop Verot's five-inning victory over Clewiston Wednesday night.
Castaldo pitched a complete game sgtriking out seven. Chandler Smith contributed three base hits as well. The Vikings (7-1) visit American Heritage in Delray Beach on Friday.