Fivay High names new head football coach

Brian Wachtel has been named as the head football coach at Fivay High School, according to a press release from principal Jason Joens.

HUDSON — One head coaching vacancy has been filled in Pasco County and another is still open. But the answer came quickly for Fivay High School.

Brian Wachtel has been named as the head football coach at Fivay High School, according to a press release from principal Jason Joens. The Falcons just finished a 6-3 regular season under Matt Durchik, who recently stepped down as the school’s head coach.

“Coach Watchel brings over 10 years of head coaching experience,” Joens said in the press release. “We are excited about his leadership and commitment to Fivay High School and its football program. We will host a meet and greet with Coach Watchel in January so that players, parents and community can learn of his vision for the future of the Fivay football.”

The hiring becomes the first of two that will be made this offseason by Pasco County teams, with the other being Gulf High School, where Daniel McLeod resigned as head coach a couple of weeks ago. Gulf has begun the interviewing process, as they had 25 applicants for the job, according to Buccaneers’ assistant principal Rob Strasser.

Wachtel has had previous stints as a head coach with Land O’ Lakes High School and Mitchell High School. He compiled an overall record of 38-49 during his time as a head coach, with his two best seasons coming in 2010 (Mitchell) and 2013 (Land O’ Lakes) at records of 8-2 both years.

The Falcons went 25-33 in six seasons under Durchik, with the program’s best season coming in 2019 at 7-3. Durchik grew up with the program and served as an assistant under Chris Taylor, the school’s first head coach.

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