NEW PORT RICHEY — Gulf High School has named a new head football coach and school announced Daniel McLeod will be the next lead man, according to a July 3 announcement on Gulf High School’s Twitter account.
McLeod has previous head coaching experience at Pasco Middle School and was briefly the offensive coordinator for Jason Stokes at Pasco High School. McLeod was also the offensive coordinator at Gattaca College, in Tampa.
In addition, McLeod was also a candidate for the Pasco and Anclote High School jobs. The Anclote job eventually went to Jason Messamore.
Among the other finalists for the Gulf head coaching job was Scott Britton, who was the special teams coordinator under former Buccaneers Head Coach Jason Grain, and Jay Fulmer, who was the offensive coordinator at Bishop McLaughlin High School for the 2018 season. Fulmer was formerly the head coach at Gulf, from 2005 to 2010.
Britton has been an assistant for Grain the last two seasons and also was the linebackers coach for the Buccaneers. He has become a potential successor to Grain but would be taking on his first head coaching job on the prep football level if he had been hired by Gulf.
Fulmer, who was coming off his first season as offensive coordinator at Bishop McLaughlin High School, brought back a familiar face. Fulmer, who has expressed interest in his old job, coached at Gulf for five seasons and led the Buccaneers to the postseason twice, in 2006, 2008.
The Hurricanes finished 4-6 in 2018 under the direction of former Head Coach Tico Hernandez. Fulmer was also was the head coach at the now defunct Ridgewood High School, from 2012 to 2017.
Grain’s resignation came after spring football concluded and was a surprise to many, with summer workouts and 7-on-7 tournaments taking place. It left the Buccaneers in search of their eighth head coach in the last 10 years. Gulf athletic director Bruno Buonsanto announced via Twitter last week that workouts for Buccaneers’ football began on July 1.