The Centennial High School football team will have its third coach in as many seasons this fall.
Donte Goosby, a 1998 Centennial graduate who played for the Stars and served as the Stars' defensive coordinator the past three seasons, has been hired as coach to replace Mark Shaffer.
“It feels real good to become the head coach at my alma mater because I’ve been preparing for it for a long time,” Goosby said. “I’ve been a part of this team for a big part of my life and I want to do what I can to help our program continue to get better.”
Shaffer, 56, recently stepped down as coach of the football and wrestling teams. He had been an assistant football coach for 22 years before taking over the Stars' program last season after longtime coach Pat Sergio retired.
The Stars finished 1-9 overall and 1-6 in the City League-North Division last fall.
“I’ve been teaching and coaching for 34 years and it’s gone by quick because I’ve enjoyed it, but I’ve had some health issues with some bad blood clots the past few years, so it’s time to go and enjoy my life,” Shaffer said. “I’ve known too many teachers and coaches who have stayed around too long and haven’t been able to do some other things that were important to them. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family, including my grandson.”
Shaffer headed the Stars' wrestling program for 23 seasons. Athletics director Jeff Good said he has yet to begin the search for Shaffer's successor.
“We haven’t started the process of taking applications for our wrestling coaching position yet,” Good said. “Our district will post the job soon and it will stand for about a month before we start the process of reviewing applications and doing interviews.”