Familiar Face Takes Reins for Lake Region Football
Tue. November 27, 2012 at 11:46 p.m. | By Solange Reyner
By SOLANGE REYNER
LAKELAND | Lake Region went to its archives to find its new football coach.
Randy Howze, who was the head coach at Lake Region from 2001 to 2003, was hired early Tuesday to replace Steve Reynolds.
Howze was selected from a pool of about 50 applicants, most from Florida.
Lake Region Athletic Director Bill Bullock said the school didn't interview anyone for the position because Howze had put his name in the hat early on.
"It was a situation where we were hoping that he was the one that was going to take the job, and we were very lucky that he did," Bullock said.
Howze is on staff already at Lake Region as the weightlifting and physical education teacher.
"It was a surprise that they asked me," he said. "I was humbled by the opportunity and went home to think about it for the night and it just made sense to take it. This is home for me and I really want to help this athletic program get better and this football program get better."
He takes over for Reynolds, who resigned Nov. 16 after seven seasons at the helm. Reynolds' squad finished 2-8 this year, and he was 28-42 overall.
Howze is the eighth coach at Lake Region since the school opened in 1995.
He was an assistant coach that year under Charley Pell and was hired as the head coach in 2001, replacing Bobby Johns.
He was the second coach to take Lake Region to the playoffs, doing so in 2002 when the school competed in Class 4A. Before coming to Lake Region in 1995, Howze was a graduate assistant at the University of Florida under Pell.
"We're hoping he stays here for a long time," Bullock said.