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Rod Payne resigns as Spanish River's head football coach

Jan 09, 2013 -- 6:28pm

By: Wells Dusenbury

After one season with the program, Rod Payne has resigned as Spanish River's head football coach, according to athletic director Kevin McEnroe. Payne confirmed his resignation to ESPN 760.

In his one season with the Sharks, the team went 0-10. Payne took over in March after Ray Berger stepped down as River's head coach.

Payne said his resignation was a family decision.

"I got an opportunity to do something for my kids and to start my own business," said Payne. "There's no secret teaching salaries -- it's tough. I decided to expand and make the most of my sports consulting company."

Payne said that while he has no interest in being a head coach, he would like to continue his coaching career as an assistant. Payne said he already has a few offers from local high schools to be a position coach and will most likely serve as an assistant in the fall.

The Spanish River football program is one that has never had much success. Prior to a 4-6 season in 2011, the Sharks had lost 26 consecutive games. This year, Spanish River was outscored by a total of 421-26 in its ten losses.

"That program, it's in serious need of some long-term commitment and I think that's where my position was that it didn't make sense for me to sacrifice as much as I have and try to continue to do something that wouldn't  work for myself and my family."

Before being hired at Spanish River, Payne spent three years as an assistant coach at FAU.

McEnroe says the school will now begin a search for a new head coach, but said there's no timetable on when that hire will be made.


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