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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Keith Tandy, after a brief stint on the coaching staff at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, is headed back to the Bucs, as a special teams assistant.

SHADY HILLS — It seems like there’s a connection running these between Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, on Hays Road, just down the street from the Pasco County Resource Recovery Facility, and AdventHealth Training Center, the NFL outpost formerly known as One Buccaneer Place, just down the street from Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa.

Former Bishop McLaughlin Hurricanes’ assistant Keith Tandy, a safety who spent six seasons playing for Tampa Bay, is joining the Buccaneers’ coaching staff. According to Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com, Tandy will join Tampa Bay as a special teams assistant.

Tandy spent one season at Bishop McLaughlin under former head coach Joe Vaughn, who was at the school for one season before stepping away to spend more time with his family. Former NFL-er Ken Stills, the father of Houston Texans’ wide receiver Kenny Stills, has been hired as Vaughn’s replacement. Stills was formerly an assistant at IMG Academy, in Bradenton, and with the XFL’s Los Angeles Wildcats.

The connection with the Buccaneers and the Hurricanes is there still at the school, as Bishop McLaughlin athletic director Rex Desvaristes was formerly the community relations director with the Bucs. Desvaristes took over at the school after Jeff Swymer stepped down from the position.

Tandy will be reunited with Atlanta Falcons’ special teams coach Keith Armstrong, whom he played for in 2018, his final season in the NFL. Tampa Bay made Tandy a sixth-round choice in the 2012 NFL Draft. Tandy appeared in 84 games with 15 starts in Tampa Bay, making 179 tackles and eight picks.