Jason Messamore has taken the job of head football coach at Anclote High School. He's had previous coaching stints, including at Gulf, Palm Harbor and East Lake.

HOLIDAY — The final prep football head coaching vacancy has been filled, and it wasn’t much of a surprise who took over the helm at Anclote High School.

Former Gulf High School Head Coach Jason Messamore has been named Anclote’s next lead man of the football program. Messamore has served as the offensive coordinator at Palm Harbor University the last couple of seasons.

Messamore, who is also a former East Lake High School assistant, takes over for Matt Kingsley, who was the head coach at Anclote for three seasons. The Sharks had a trying season in 2018, with Anclote finishing 2-8.

Kingsley was the last holdover from Anclote’s original coaching staff when the school opened, in 2009. He was tabbed as the defensive coordinator by Matt Wicks, who is now the Pasco Schools Athletic Director. When Wicks stepped down to accept the district AD position, Kingsley was the obvious choice to succeed him as the next head coach.

Anclote went 3-6 in Kingsley’s first season in 2016 and offensively saw major production from quarterback Tim Dallaire and running back Braxton Johnson. Anclote’s second season was by far Kingsley’s best, with the Sharks finishing 7-3 and just outside of the playoff picture in Class 5A. The 2018 season was by far the toughest for Kingsley and his staff, as they battled the injury bug all year.

During his time at Gulf, Messamore compiled a record of 9-12 in two seasons at Gulf. He led the Buccaneers to their first playoff appearance since 2008 and nearly upset Lakewood in the first round of the Class 5A postseason.